Nazaroff, Adam Joseph


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Adam’s PhD research considers how the origins of materials used in the manufacture of cultural objects articulate with the greater importance of acts of trade and exchange in Ancient Anatolia. He maintains that social conceptions of raw material sources are embedded within a variety of socio-economic, political, and ideological behaviors which structure the role of source-materials in various cultures. The concept of ‘source’ is thus entangled with a variety of other phenomena, constructing a unique perception of each source and its affiliated materials. His project, the Anatolia Archaeological Raw Material Survey (AARMS), aims to locate and characterize sources of geologic materials of social and economic importance in Anatolian prehistory. Specifically, Adam is interested in the procurement and consumption of chert materials at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük, Turkey.

Adam’s other research also focuses on obsidian procurement during the Early Classic Maya period (A.D. 250 - 600) in southern Belize, as well as the application of Portable XRF technology to archaeological and paleoclimate research. He received his B.A. in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.A. in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.