Yoko Nishimura

Mellon Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow

Ph.D. UCLA, 2008

I have research skills and teaching experience in the archaeology, history, religions, and languages of early civilizations, particularly those of the ancient Near East and East Asia.

My research centers around the household archaeology and urban layout of third-millennium city-states in northern Mesopotamia.  I am particularly interested in the ways non-elite city inhabitants organized their domestic space and activities within the context of a much larger, urban spatial configuration.  By examining ancient burials made beneath house floors, I am also investigating the complex relationship between the quotidian activities and intramural mortuary practices of ordinary city inhabitants in the past.

My research interest extends to comparative analyses of the East Asian and Near Eastern civilizations. Methodologically, I specialize in quantitative and distributive analyses of archaeological remains, particularly of architectural features, domestic implements, and ceramic sherds.

Classes taught at Penn and previous universities:
Ancient Mesopotamia
Ancient Near East
Ancient Japanese Civilization
Japanese Civilization
Domestic Life of Commoners in Ancient Civilizations
Origins of Complex Societies
Ways to Complex Societies
Introduction to Archaeology

Department of Anthropology, Room 424 Museum