Medieval Archaeology of the South Caucasus (MASC) is a collaborative research project based at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and run in close collaboration with archaeologists at the Republic of Armenia National Academy of Sciences Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography. We research the archaeology and history of medieval Armenia and its neighbors, thinking about how the South Caucasus in the medieval period (AD 500-1500) was a dynamic region criscrossed by travelers of different kinds: merchants, pilgrims, explorers, and holy warriors of different faiths.
WHO WE ARE:
Dr. Kate Franklin received her PhD in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and is currently Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, and a Heritage Analyst at the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. Her doctoral research focused on the participation of late medieval Armenians (villagers, merchants, princes, scholars) in the travel, politics, and trade of Silk-Road globality in various cosmopolitan ways.
Dr. Tasha Vorderstrasse is a research associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. She works on the material culture of the Near East, Transcaucasia, and Central Asia and is particularly interested in the interaction between these regions and as well as the contacts between these areas and China.
Dr. Astghik Babajanyan is an archaeologist and Junior Researcher at the Republic of Armenia National Academy of Sciences Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Yerevan, were she recently completed her PhD focused on the material culture (particularly ceramics) of the late medieval period (AD 14th-17th c).
Dr. Frina Babayan is a preeminent scholar of medieval Armenian archaeology and material culture, at the Republic of Armenia National Academy of Sciences Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Yerevan. For several decades she has worked at numerous medieval sites in Armenia and abroad.