Andrea Zerbini joins CBRL's British Institute in Amman as Assistant Director

Andrea on a Huey helicopter of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, back from his first ever flying mission with APAAME (the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology in the Middle East) in September 2015. (c) Robert Bewley APAAME .

Andrea Zerbini joined CBRL’s British Institute in Amman as the Assistant Director in June 2018. He oversees the management of the Institute’s archaeological collections, its public engagement strategy and, together with the Institute’s Director Dr Carol Palmer, is in charge of the day-to-day running of the Institute.

Andrea is an ancient historian and landscape archaeologist with a research focus on the Near East between the Roman and Byzantine period. His publications cover a wide range of topics from the agrarian history of the Roman Empire to ancient migration, and from remote sensing in archaeology to digital humanities.

In 2013, Andrea received a CBRL Visiting Postdoctoral Fellowship and spent nearly two years at the British Institute in Amman, during which time he collaborated with several archaeological surveys and excavations in north-west Jordan. In early-2015, he joined the newly-started Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa (EAMENA) project at the University of Oxford as a research associate and then as the project’s database manager.

Andrea holds a B.A. from the University of Florence (2007), an M.A. in Ancient History from University College London (2008) and a PhD in Classics from Royal Holloway University of London (2013).  He is an active member of a number of research groups, including the EAMENA project (University of Oxford), the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan project and the Mission Haute Jordanie (CNRS).

After four years away from life in the Middle East, Andrea is looking forward to sharpening up his Arabic again, and to strengthening CBRL’s already rich portfolio of cultural heritage projects in Jordan.


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