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Dr. Caitlin J. Chaves Yates


International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies (IIMAS)


The Early Bronze Age Network project is a Social Network Analysis (SNA) of Early Bronze Age (EBA) polities in Northern Mesopotamia. During the mid-to-late third millennium a number of autonomous and semi-autonomous polities arose across Northern Mesopotamia. Using SNA the project is designed to investigate the connections between city-states, a topic that has – until now – only been investigated on a cursory level, often focusing on a specific artifact type (ceramics, tablets, etc.). Using published excavation reports the project will create an extensive database of material culture and cultural markers which can be used to investigate the interconnectedness of the various polities. SNA analysis uses the material culture as a proxy for connections between the sites and will be used to investigate questions of centrality, trade, sociopolitical dominance and elite and non-elite interaction spheres. The analysis will provide data for testing current theories of interaction in the region.

Curriculum Vitae

2015 Associate Director at Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies (IIMAS)
2014 Archaeology Field Technician at Tetra Tech, Inc.
2014 PhD, Archaeology, Boston University.
2013 – 2015 Post-doctoral associate at IIMAS and Assistant for the Urkesh Eco-Archaeological Park project.
2011 – 2013 Research assistant for UCLA Transdisciplinary Seed Grant Forum project on the Urkesh Eco-Archaeological Park.
2010 – 2013

Research assistant for the Urkesh Global Record, supported by the Mellon Foundation.

2008 – 2009 Administrative Assistant at Center for Archaeological Studies, Boston University, Staff assistant at International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (ICEAACH), Boston University

BA, Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University.


2014 Beyond the Mound: Locating Complexity in Northern Mesopotamia during the 'Second Urban Revolution'. Boston University, Department of Archaeology.
2014 "Neighborhoods in the Outer City of Tell Mozan, Ancient Urkesh: A case study from survey data" in: F. Buccellati, T. Helms, A. Tamm (Eds.), Household Economies in 3rd Millennium B.C. Syro-Mesopotamia. BAR S2682. Oxford: Archaeopress.