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Prof Edgar Peltenburg

Edgar Peltenburg PhD, FSA, FRSE

Professor Emeritus in Archaeology

Room 1M.30, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

Telephone: 0131 650 4140


I graduated with a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Birmingham. I was Lecturer in Archaeology and Adult Education in Argyll and the Isles before joining the University of Edinburgh. Research interests include small-scale society dynamics, archaic states and early technology, especially vitreous materials. I have carried out fieldwork in Canada, several parts of the Middle East and Cyprus where I am director of the Lemba Archaeological Research Centre. I am Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and among my publications are Early Society in Cyprus (ed. 1989), The Burrell Collection: Western Asiatic Antiquities (1991) and The Colonisation and Settlement of Cyprus. Investigations at Kissonerga-Mylouthkia, 1976-1996 (ed. 2003).

Bowl reconstruction

Reconstruction of New Kingdom faience bowl, c. 1300 BC, from Gurob, Egypt

External appointments

Editorial committee of Astrom Publications and the journal Syria Revue d’Art et Archéologie;

Member, Committee of Management, Council for British Research in the Levant

Chair, Cyprus Regional group, European Science Foundation’s Associated Regional Chronologies of the Ancient Near East;

McNicoll Visiting Lecturer, University of Sydney, 2013

Member, deutsches archäologisches institut, Forschungscluster 2 "Innovationen: technisch, sozial" Arbeitskreis "Wasser"

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