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Senior Advisor to the Provost for Cultural Heritage
Gil Stein is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Cultural Heritage. From 2002 to 2017 he served as Director of the Oriental Institute. He received his BA in Archaeology from Yale University and his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. His research investigates ancient economies, the archaeology of colonialism, the development of the earliest cities and states in the Near East, and the preservation of cultural heritage. He has directed excavations at the Mesopotamian trading colony of Hacınebi in Turkey (3700 BC), at Tell Zeidan in Syria ca 5300-3800 BC), and at the 7000 year old town of Surezha in the Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. Since 2012 he has led the US State Department-funded partnership between the Oriental Institute and the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul. This project is rebuilding the Museum’s infrastructure by training curators, developing a computer database, and conducting the first full inventory of the Museum’s collections.  In fall 2017 he started a new Cultural Heritage Preservation project in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, aimed at training museum conservators from all 5 of the post-soviet Central Asian Republics. His most recent publication is the co-edited book “Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan