Anne Porter

Assistant Professor Emerita of Near Eastern Archaeology
Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 4 Bancroft Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5S 1C1


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Mobile pastoralism in the ancient Near East
  • Mortuary Practices
  • Religion
  • Archaeological Theory, especially Thing Theory
  • Relationship between object, image, and text


I specialize in the archaeology of Northern Mesopotamia during the fourth to second millennia BCE.I have taught in Australia, the United States, and now Canada. My excavation career began in 1982, at the Late Bronze site of el-Qitar, on the right bank of the Euphrates River, Syria, and took me to the Neolithic sites of Jerf Al-Ahmar, also Syria, and Qasr Burqu, Jordan. I was then co-director of excavations at the Early Bronze Tell Banat settlement complex, on the left bank of the Euphrates from 1988 until it was flooded in 1999, living in Syria from 1991-1996. The results of this excavation provide opportunities for experiential learning in some of my courses at U of T. New projects are on the horizon.


PhD, University of Chicago