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Valentina Orsi

Valentina Orsi
Università di Siena 1240
“You will eat bread; you will drink water”. Cooking and eating in Central Anatolia Before and After the Fall of an Empire

Dr. Valentina Orsi is an archaeologist of the Ancient Near East working on Upper and Central Mesopotamia, Central Anatolia, and the Northern Levant.
She currently co-directs field-research projects in Tukey and Iraq. She has taught Near Eastern Ceramic Analysis, Archaeology and Art History of the Ancient Near East, and Settlement and Landscape Archaeology. Her research interests centre on food archaeology, landscape, and material culture studies, with a special focus on ceramic production as it relates to aspects of continuity and discontinuity in the long-term perspectives, cross-cultural interactions, and socio-economic and political phenomena. She is the author of two monographs, ‘Crisi e Rigenerazione nella valle dell’Alto Khabur (Siria)’ (Firenze University Press 2011), where she explores the dark age of transition between the Early and the Middle Bronze Age, and ‘Tilmen Höyük I — The Fortification System in the Lower Town’ (Ante Quem 2022). Since 2020, she has served as co-director of the Turkish-Italian Archaeological Expedition at Uşaklı Höyük. In her current research project at ANMED, Dr. Orsi addresses ancient foodways by exploring cooking and eating behaviors in Central Anatolia between the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age starting from Uşaklı Höyük excavation records.