University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Cobb, Peter, Ph.D.

Peter Cobb, Ph.D.
Kowalski Family Teaching Specialist, Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials
Lecturer, Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Elected: 2011 (Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group)

Peter has a B.A. from Dartmouth College in Engineering modified with Computer Science. He earned a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics and a Master's degree in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2016, Peter completed his doctoral degree in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (AAMW) graduate group. His primary advisor was Senior Fellow Brian Rose. Currently, Peter is a teaching specialist in the Penn Museum's Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) and a lecturer in the Department of Classical Studies. Peter's research focus is the Bronze and Iron Ages in Anatolia and he has worked in Turkey for many years. He was co-editor of the complete online publication of the excavation records of the Upper Tigris Archaeological Research Project’s dig at Kenan Tepe, a site near the Tigris River in southeastern Turkey. He has participated in Penn's Gordion Archaeological Project, where his work has been supported by a Penn Digital Humanities research grant, and in Koç University’s Gygaia Projects. Peter is particularly interested in Anatolia's interactions with the Greek world to the west and the Near Eastern polities to the southeast. He is a specialist in various analytical methods for ancient ceramics, including petrography and 3d laser scanning. He applied these skills to his dissertation research with a study of second millennium B.C.E. ceramics from across west-central Anatolia. Peter was a recipient of the ASOR Heritage Fellowship in 2011. He was a 2014–2015 Junior Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations of Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. Since 2016, he has been an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities.


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