Professor Trevor Watkins (BA, PhD, FSA, FSA Scot)
Emeritus Professor; Near Eastern Prehistory
I studied ancient history and archaeology at Birmingham University, and went on to write a doctoral thesis on the metal industry of Cyprus in the Early and Middle Bronze Ages. Through that, I became interested in investigating the transition that introduced the radically new features of the Early Bronze Age to Cyprus. For several years I worked on new aspects of the Cypriot Neolithic, which led me to believe that there were earlier phases of the Neolithic that had not been discovered (which has proved true). In the late 1970s I excavated in northeast Syria, and in the 1980s joined the international salvage archaeology programme working on sites to be lost behind a dam on the Tigris in north Iraq. That work led to the opportunity to excavate a very early Neolithic settlement at Qermez Dere, near Telafar. Since 1990, my research has been increasingly theoretical, and, since retirement from active teaching in 2003, I have been able to pursue that work more productively.
- Near East
- Landscapes & Monuments
- Material Culture