Dr Hilary Gopnik

Hilary Gopnik is a Near Eastern archaeologist who specializes in the study of Iron Age Iran and the South Caucasus, with a focus on the Medes. She received her BA in Anthropology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and her MA/PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research centred on Godin Tepe, one of the only archaeological sites that can be firmly identified with the Medes of Iran (8th to 6th c. BCE). She co-authored the final publication of that site: On the High Road: The History of Godin Tepe, Iran.  Since 2008, Gopnik has shifted her archaeological focus from Iran northwards to Naxçivan Azerbaijan, where she is the co-director of excavations at the Iron Age (8th to 1st centuries BCE) citadel site of Oğlanqala (http://oglanqala.net/) funded by the National Science Foundation (USA). In the summer of 2013, this project began work at the nearby site of Qizqala which has settlement occupation lasting for some 2,000 years from the Bronze Age through the Iron Age. In 2016, Gopnik was able to return to Iran, to serve as the ceramicist for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France) landscape archaeology project at the capital of Cyrus the great at Pasargadae. She will continue that research in November, 2017 and will direct the excavation of some soundings at Pasargadae in the summer of 2018. The summer of 2018 will also see the completion of the final field season of the Naxçivan Archaeological Project.