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William A. Parkinson

Associate Curator

Integrative Research Center
Archaeology
Behavior
Ecology

I am a specialist in European and Eastern Mediterranean Prehistory.  My anthropological research explores the social dynamics of early village societies and the emergence of early states.

I am the American Director of the Körös Regional Archaeological Project, an international, multi-disciplinary research project aimed at understanding the social changes that occurred on the Great Hungarian Plain throughout the Holocene. My research team recently excavated two Copper Age villages in southeastern Hungary. These villages, which date to 4,500-4,000 BC, are the first of their kind to be systematically excavated in the region and have yielded important information about economic and political organization during this important time period when humans first began to use metals. Currently, we are exploring why early agricultural villages in the region began to live in large, fortified, villages during the Neolithic period, about 5,300 BC.

I also am American Co-Director of The Diros Project, a multi-disciplinary regional research project that explores the the social changes that occurred on the western Mani Peninsula of southern Greece throughout the Pleistocene and Holocene.

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1999.
M.A. Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1995.
B.A. Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1992.
St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 1991.

Current Research and Faculty Appointments:
Associate Curator, The Field Museum
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University.

Current Research Projects:
The Körös Regional Archaeological Project, Hungary

The Diros Project, Greece

Prospective Students:
The joint program between the Department of Anthropology at UIC and the Field Museum permits me to chair dissertation committees at UIC. Our relationship with the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern permits me to co-chair dissertation research there. I encourage prospective students to contact me directly via e-mail (wparkinson@fieldmuseum.org).

Additional Website Information:

http://fieldmuseum.academia.edu/WilliamParkinson