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      Professor Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati has been excavating and conducting research on the archaeology and art history of the ancient Near East for over 50 years. Her Ph.D. from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago was on the third millennium B.C. in the Caucasus. She taught archaeology and art history in California State University, Los Angeles and is now Visiting Professor at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.

      She is Director of the Urkesh/Mozan Archaeological Project, a site spanning the fourth to the second millennia BC which has provided crucial to our understanding of the history, art and architecture of northern Mesopotamia.

      Her research interests include Syro-Mesopotamian seal iconography, ceramics, ancient identification markers, pre-history in the southern Caucasus. She has published many site reports based on work in Terqa and especially Mozan/Urkesh, and is currently finishing a digital volume on the excavated ceramics from Urkesh, to be published within the Urkesh Global Record website. One of her important publications was on the function of the necromantic pit excavated in Urkesh, unique in its monumentality and significance; her research on the seal impressions of the AP Palace has brought to light the artistic value of these objects as well as the complex royal court to which they give witness.

      With the cessation of excavations in Syria due to the war she has returned to the Republic of Georgia to work with the Italian team from the Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. This fieldwork activity lead her to curate an exhibit entitled “Georgia Paese d’oro e di fede. Identita e alterita nella storia di un popolo” on the archaeological and artistic heritage of the Republic of Georgia.

      Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati has worked for many years in the Near East, especially in Syria, Iraq and Turkey. She and her husband, Giorgio Buccellati, are at present co-directors of the archaeological expedition to Tell Mozan/Urkesh in North-Eastern Syria. They work closely together both in the field and on the publication reports from their excavations, of which five volumes, plus audio-visual presentations, have appeared so far. They lead an international staff comprising colleagues and students from the US, Europe, the Near East and Asia and have given joint lectures on the excavations, and workshops on methods used, at major archaeological centers around the world as well as holding positions as visiting professors in various European universities.


      Buccellati, G., and M. Kelly-Buccellati. 1967. “Archaeological Survey of the Palmyrene and the Jebel Bishri.” Archaeology 20 (4): 305–6.
      ———. 1971. “Ma sua moglie guardò indietro…(Gen.19:26).” Bibbia e Oriente 13: 226.
      ———. 1977a. New Archaeological Harvests from Syria. Pasadena: Ambassador International Cultural Foundation.
      ———. 1977b. “Syro-Mesopotamian Studies: A Preface.” Syro-Mesopotamian Studies 1 (1): 1–2.
      ———. 1977c. “Terqa Preliminary Reports, No. 1: General Introduction and the Stratigraphic Record of the First Two Seasons.” Syro-Mesopotamian Studies 1 (3).
      ———. 1977d. “The Terqa Archaeological Project: First Preliminary Report.” Annales Archéologiques Arabes Syriennes 27: 71–96.
      ———. 1978a. IIMAS, Field Encoding Manual (Non-Digital). Aids and Research Tools in Ancient Near Eastern Studies 2. Malibu: Undena Publications.
      ———. 1978b. “Terqa Preliminary Reports, No. 6: The Third Season: Introduction and the Stratigraphic Record.” Syro-Mesopotamian Studies 2 (6): 1–36.
      ———. 1980. “The Jewels of Ninkarrak,” Archaelogy at UCLA, 1 (21): 1–4.
      ———. 1982. “Terqa 7,” Archaelogy at UCLA, 2 (9): 1–4.
      ———. 1983. “Terqa: The First Eight Seasons.” Annales Archéologiques Arabes Syriens 33: 47–67.
      ———. 1985. “Terqa and the Kingdom of Khana.” In Ebla to Damascus: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Syria, edited by H. Weiss, 217–22. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
      ———. 1986a. “The Glory of Ancient Syria Part 1.” Terra 24 (4): 6–13.
      ———. 1986b. “The Glory of Ancient Syria Part 2.” Terra 24 (5): 22–29.
      ———. 1988a. “Introduction.” In Qraya Modular Reports: Soundings 1977-79 and 1984-85, by K. Simpson, 4:3–7. Monographic Journals of the Near East. Syro-Mesopotamian Studies 4. Malibu: Undena Publications.
      ———. 1988b. Mozan 1: The Soundings of the First Two Seasons. Bibliotheca Mesopotamica 20. Malibu: Undena Publications.
      ———. 1990a. “Mozan: Soundings on the High Mound During The First Two Season.” In Photographic Data Sets 1 IIMAS, 1–15. Malibu: Undena Publications.
      ———. 1990b. “Tell Mozan.” Syrian Archaeology Bulletin 2: 4–7.
      ———. 1990c. “Tell Mozan.” Mille et Une Capitales de Haute-Mésopotamie, Les Dossiers d’Archéologie 155 (December): 18–23.
      ———. 1991a. “Introduction.” In Mozan 2 The Epigraphic Finds of the Sixth Season, by L. Milano, 1:3–7. Monographic Journals of the Near East. Syro-Mesopotamian Studies 5. Malibu: Undena Publications.
      ———. 1991b. “Mozan.” American Journal of Archaeology 95: 712–14.
      ———. 1994a. “Mozan.” American Journal of Archaeology 98: 131–33.
      ———. 1994b. “Mozan: Tales from a Hurrian (?) Storehouse, 2300 BC.” Backdirt Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 1, 4–5.
      ———. 1995a. “Mozan, Tall.” In Reallexikon Der Assyriologie Und Vorderasiatischen Archäologie, 8:386–93. Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter.
      ———. 1995b. “The Identification of Urkesh with Tell Mozan.” Orient Express, no. 3: 67–70.
      ———. 1996a. “The Royal Storehouse of Urkesh: The Glyptic Evidence from the Southwestern Wing.” Archiv Für Orientforschung 42/43: 1–32.
      ———. 1996b. “The Seals of the King of Urkesh: Evidence from the Western Wing of the Royal Storehouse AK.” Wiener Zeitschrift Für Die Kunde Des Morgenlandes 86: 65–100.
      ———. 1997a. “Mozan, Tell.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, 4:60–64. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press.
      ———. 1997b. “Terqa.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, 5:188–90. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press.
      ———. 1997c. “The Seventh Season of Excavations at Tell Mozan, 1992.” Chronique Archéologique En Syrie 1: 79–84.
      ———. 1997d. “Una manciata di secoli.” Bollettino dell’Associazione Archelogica Ticinese 9: 16–23.
      ———. 1997e. “Urkesh. The First Hurrian Capital.” Biblical Archaeologist 60: 77–96.
      ———. 1998a. “The Courtiers of the Queen of Urkesh: Glyptic Evidence from the Western Wing of the Royal Storehouse AK.” In About Subartu. Studies Devoted to Upper Mesopotamia. Volume II: Culture, Society, Image, 2:195–216. Subartu 4.
      ———. , eds. 1998b. Urkesh and the Hurrians. Studies in Honor of Lloyd Cotsen. Bibliotheca Mesopotamica 26. Malibu: Undena Publications.
      ———. 1999. “Das archäologische Projekt Tall Mozan/Urkesh.” Mitteilungen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft zu Berlin 131: 7–16.
      ———. 2000a. “The Royal Palace and the Daughter of Naram-Sin. Report on the 12th Season of Excavations June October 1999.” The Urkesh Bulletin 3: 3–28.
      ———. 2000b. “The Royal Palace of Urkesh. Report on the 12th Season at Tell Mozan/Urkesh: Excavations in Area AA, June–October 1999.” Mitteilungen Der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft Zu Berlin 132: 133–83.
      ———. 2001a. “In Search of Hurrian Urkesh.” Archaeology Odyssey 4 (3): 16–27.
      ———. 2001b. “Überlegungen zur funktionellen und historischen Bestimmung des Königspalastes von Urkeš. Bericht über die 13. Kampagne in Tall Mozan/Urkeš: Ausgrabungen im Gebiet AA, Juni-August 2000.” Mitteilungen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft zu Berlin 133: 59–96.
      ———. 2002a. “Die Große Schnittstelle. Bericht über die 14. Kampagne in Tall Mozan/Urkeš: Ausgrabungen im Gebiet AA, Juni-Oktober 2001.” Mitteilungen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft zu Berlin 134: 103–30.
      ———. 2002b. “Tar’am-Agade, Daughter of Naram-Sin, at Urkesh.” In Of Pots and Plans. Papers on the Archaeology and History of Mesopotamia and Syria Presented to David Oates in Honour of His 75th Birthday, by L. Al-Gailani Werr, 11–31. London: NABU.
      ———. 2004. “Der monumentale Palasthof von Tall Mozan/Urkeš und die stratigraphische Geschichte des ābi. Bericht über die 15. Kampagne 2002.” Mitteilungen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft zu Berlin 136: 13–39.
      ———. 2005a. “Naming Names: The 2004 Season of Excavations at Ancient Urkesh.” Backdirt Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 2-4,11.
      ———. 2005b. “Urkesh as a Hurrian Religious Center.” Studi Micenei Ed Egeo-Anatolici 47: 27–59.
      ———. 2007a. “Between Heaven Ad Hell in Ancient Urkesh.” Backdirt Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 68–73.
      ———. 2007b. “Qurayya, Tall.” In Reallexikon Der Assyriologie Und Vorderasiatischen Archäologie, 11:207. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.
      ———. 2007c. “Urkesh and the Question of the Hurrian Homeland.” Bulletin of the Georgian National Academy of Science 175 (2): 141–51.
      ———. 2008. “The Ceramics of Urkesh: Statistics for a Browser Edition.” In Fundstellen Gesammelte Schriften Zur Archäologie Und Geschichte Altvorderasiens Ad Honorem Hartmut Kühne, edited by D. Bonatz, R.M. Czichon, and F.J. Kreppner, 315–26. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
      ———. 2009. “The Great Temple Terrace at Urkesh and the Lions of Tish-Atal.” In General Studies And Excavations at Nuzi 11/2 in Honor of David I. Owen on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday October 28, 2005, edited by G. Wilhelm, 33–69. Studies on the Civilization and Culture of Nuzi and the Hurrians 18. Bethesda: CDL Press.
      ———. 2014. “Nor North: The Urkesh Temple Terrace.” In Mari, Ni Est, Ni Ouest : Actes Du Colloque “Mari, Ni Est Ni Ouest” Tenu Les 20-22 Octobre 2010 à Damas, Syrie, edited by P. Butterlin, J.-C. Margueron, B. Muller, M. Al-Maqdissi, D. Beyer, and A. Cavigneaux, 439–62. Syria (París, França)., Supplément 2. Beyrouth: Presses de l’Ifpo.
      ———. 2016. “26. Tell Mozan/Urkesh (Hassake).” In A History of Syria in One Hundred Sites, edited by Y. Kanjou and A. Tsuneki, 111–14. Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing LTD.
      ———. 2017a. “Community Archaeology 1984: At the Interface between Practice and Theory.” Backdirt Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 34–38.
      ———. 2017b. “Conserviamo il futuro.” Tracce, February, 26–29.
      ———. 2018. “Analisi strutturale e percettiva della terrazza templare di Urkesh.” In A Oriente del Delta Scritti sull’Egitto ed il Vicino Oriente antico in onore di Gabriella Scandone Matthiae, edited by M.G. Micale, S. Pizzimenti, and A. Vacca, 109–32. Contributi e materiali di archeologia orientale 18. Roma: Roma : Scienze e lettere.

      Buccellati, G., M. Kelly-Buccellati, and M. Liverani. 1983. “The Scribes of Terqa,” Archaelogy at UCLA, 2 (14): 1–4.

      Elster, E.S., and M. Kelly-Buccellati. 1973. “Statistics in Archaeology and Its Application to Ancient Near Eastern Data.” Orientalia 42: 195–211.

      Frahm, E., M. Kelly-Buccellati, and M. Nikolaidou. 2008. “Using Image Analysis Software to Correlate Sherd Scans in the Field and X-Ray Element Maps in the Laboratory.” Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin 31 (2): 8–12.

      Kelly-Buccellati, M. Forthcoming. “Emulation as a Strategy of Urkesh Potters and Its Long Term Consequences.” In Festschrift Für R. M. Munchaev.
      ———. Forthcoming. “Urkesh Ceramic Evidence for Function.” In Festschrift Vür P. Bielinski.
      ———. 1973. “The Excavations at Korucutepe, Turkey, 1968-70: Preliminary Report, Part III: Statistical Description of Significant Groups of Pottery.” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 32 (4): 434–39.
      ———. 1974a. “The Early Trans-Caucasian Culture: Geographical and Chronological Interaction.” PhD, Chicago: University of Chicago.
      ———. 1974b. “The Excavations at Korucutepe, Turkey, 1968-70: Preliminary Report, Part V. The Early Bronze Pottery and Its Affinities.” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 33 (1): 44–54.
      ———. 1977. “Towards a Quantitative Analysis of Mesopotamian Sphragistics.” Mesopotamia : Rivista Di Archeologia, Epigrafia e Storia Orientale Antica 12: 41–52.
      ———. 1978a. “Tall Asharah-Terqa.” Archiv für Orientforschung, 149–51.
      ———. 1978b. “The Early Bronze Age Culture – Descriptive and Comparative Analysis.” In Korucutepe : Final Report on the Excavations of the Universities of Chicago, California (Los Angeles) and Amsterdam in the Keban Reservoir, Eastern Anatolia, 1968-70, 2:67-88 Pls. 112-129. Studies in Ancient Civilization. Amsterdam/Oxford: Elsevier.
      ———. 1979a. “Iconographic and Formal Analysis of Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals.” Annales Archéologiques Arabes Syriennes 29/30: 273–84.
      ———. 1979b. “Second Millenium Strata. The Residential Quarter in Area C.” Biblioteca Mesopotamica 10: 31–35.
      ———. 1979c. “The Evidence of Artifactual Evidence: Early Third Millennium Pottery at Terqa.” Biblioteca Mesopotamica 10: 71–75.
      ———. 1979d. “The Outer Fertile Crescent Culture: Northeastern Connections of Syria and Palestine in the Third Millennium B.C.” Ugarit-Forschungen 11: 413–30.
      ———. 1981. “Miniature Art from Terqa 1700 B.C.: New Sources for Mid-Second Millennium Art in Mesopotamia.” In The Shape of the Past: Studies in Honor of Franklin D. Murphy, edited by G. Buccellati and C. Speroni, 44–53. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.
      ———. 1984. “Figurine and Plaques from Terqa.” Annales Archéologiques Arabes Syriennes 34: 149–54.
      ———. 1986. “Sealing Practices at Terqa.” In Insight Through Images: Studies in Honor of Edith Porada, 133–42. Malibu: Undena Publications.
      ———. 1989. “A New Third Millennium Sculpture from Mozan.” In Essays in Ancient Civilization Presented to Helene J. Kantor, edited by A. Leonard and B. Williams, 149–54. Studies in Ancient Oriental Civilization 47. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
      ———. 1990a. “Formal and Iconographic Analysis of Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals.” In SN/G: Report on Data Processing Projects in Art, edited by L. Corti. Pisa/Los Angeles: Scuola Normale Superiore /Getty Art History Information Program.
      ———. 1990b. “Three Seasons of Excavation at Tell Mozan.” In Tall Al-Hamidiya 2, edited by S. Eichler, M. Waefler, and D. Warburton, 119–32. Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 6. Freiburg (CH)/Göttingen: Universitätsverlag Freiburg/Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht.
      ———. 1990c. “Trade Metals in the Third Millennium: Northeastern Syria and Eastern Anatolia.” In Resurrecting the Past: A Joint Tribute to Adnan Bounni, edited by P. Matthiae, M. Van Loon, and H. Weiss, 117–30. Uitgaven van Het Nederlands Historisch-Archaeologisch Instituut Te İstanbul 67. Leiden: Nederlands Historisch-Archaeologisch Instituut.
      ———. 1996a. “Nuzi Viewed from Urkesh, Urkesh Viewed from Nuzi: Stock Elements and Framing Devices in Northern Syro-Mesopotamia.” Studies on the Civilization and Culture of Nuzi and the Hurrians 8: 247–68.
      ———. 1996b. “Seals in Ancient Mesopotamia and Seals of God in Revelation.” Rivista Della Facoltà Di Teologia Di Lugano 1: 79–100.
      ———. 1996c. “Terqa.” In The Dictionary of Art, edited by J. Turner, 30:492. Macmillan/New York: Grove.
      ———. 1997. “History of the Field: Archaeology in Syria.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology in the Near East, 3:42–47. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press.
      ———. 1998a. Review of The Early Glyptic of Tell Brak: Cylinder Seals of Third Millennium Syria, by D. Matthews. Ars Orientalis 28: 121–23.
      ———. 1998b. “The Workshops of Urkesh.” In Urkesh and the Hurrians: A Volume in Honor of Lloyd Cotsen, edited by G. Buccellati and M. Kelly-Buccellati, 35–50. Bibliotheca Mesopotamia 26. Malibu: Undena Publications.
      ———. 2002. “Ein hurritischer Gang in die Unterwelt.” Mitteilungen der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft zu Berlin 134: 131–48.
      ———. 2004. “Andirons at Urkesh: New Evidence for the Hurrian Identity of Early Trans-Caucasian Culture.” In A View from the Highlands: Archaeological Studies in Honour of Charles Burney, edited by A. Sagona, 67–89. ANES Supplement 12. Herent: Peeters Publishers.
      ———. 2005a. “Introduction to the Archaeo-Zoology of the Ābi.” Studi Micenei Ed Egeo-Anatolici 47: 61–66.
      ———. 2005b. “Urkesh and the North: Recent Discoveries.” Studies on the Civilization and Culture of Nuzi and the Hurrians 15: 29–40.
      ———. 2006. “Gilgamesh at Urkesh? Literary Motifs and Iconographic Identifications.” In Les Espaces Syro-Mésopotamiens. Dimensions de l’experience Humaine Au Proche-Orient Ancient. Volume d’hommage Offert à Jean-Claude Margueron, edited by P. Butterlin, M. Lebeau, J.-Y. Montchambert, M. Fenollós, and B. Muller, 403–14. Subartu 17. Turnhout: Brepols.
      ———. 2010a. “Mozan/Urkesh in the Late Chalcolithic Period.” In Kulturlandschaft Syrien : Zentrum Und Peripherie; Festschrift Für Jan-Waalke Meyer, edited by J. Becker, R. Hempelmann, and E. Rehm, 261–90. Alter Orient Und Altes Testament 371. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.
      ———. 2010b. “Uqnitum Und Tarɔam-Agade. Patronage and Portraiture at Urkesh.” In Festschrift Für Gernot Wilhelm Anläßlich Seines 65. Geburtstagesam 28. Januar 2010, edited by J.C. Finke, 185–202. Dresden: ISLET.
      ———. 2012. “Apprenticeship and Learning from the Ancestors: The Case of Ancient Urkesh.” In Archaeology and Apprenticeship: Body Knowledge, Identity, and Communities of Practice, edited by W. Wendrich, 203–23. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
      ———. 2013. “Landscape and Spatial Organization: An Essay on Early Urban Settlement Patterns in Urkesh.” In 100 Jahre Archaeologische Feldforschungen in Nordost-Syrien – Eine Bilanz, edited by D. Bonatz and L. Martin, 149–66. Schriften Der Max Freiherr von Oppenheim-Stiftung 18. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.
      ———. 2014. “Premessa.” In Dal profondo del tempo : all’origine della comunicazione e della comunità nell’antica Siria, by G. Buccellati, 5–6. Firenze: Società editrice fiorentina.
      ———. 2015. “Power and Identity Construction in Ancient Urkesh.” In From the Treasures of Syria. Essays on Art and Archaeology in Honour of Stefania Mazzoni, edited by P. Ciafardoni and D. Gianessi, 111–30. Uitgaven van Het Nederlands Instituut Voor Het Nabije Oosten Te Leiden 126. Leiden: Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten.
      ———. , ed. 2016a. Georgia: paese d’oro e di fede. Identità e alterità nella storia di un popolo. Firenze: Società editrice fiorentina.
      ———. 2016b. “The Urkesh Ceramics Digital Book.” In Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici Ancient Near Eastern Studies Presented to Lucio Milano on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday by Pupils, Colleagues and Friends, edited by P Corò, E. Devecchi, N. De Zorzi, and M. Maiocchi, 721–34. Alter Orient Und Altes Testament 436. Münster: Ugarit-Verlag.
      ———. 2016c. “Urkesh: The Morphology and Cultural Landscape of the Hurrian Sacred.” In L’archeologia Del Sacro e l’archeologia Del Culto. Sabratha, Ebla, Ardea, Lanuvio. Ebla e La Siria Dall’età Del Bronzo All’età Del Ferro, edited by P. Matthiae, 99–113. Atti Dei Convegni Lincei 304. Rome: Accademia dei Lincei.
      ———. 2016d. “Women’s Power and Work in Ancient Urkesh.” In Women in Antiquity: Real Women across the Ancient World, edited by S. Budin, 48–63. London: Routledge.
      ———. 2018a. “Celebrating Life in Mesopotamia.” Backdirt Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 58–64.
      ———. 2018b. “Urkesh Insights into Kura-Araxes Social Interaction.” In Context and Connection: Essays on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in Honour of Antonio Sagona, edited by A. Batmaz, A. Michalewicz, and A. Robinson, 107–24. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 268. Leuven: Peeters Publishers.
      ———. 2019. “Images of Work in Urkesh.” In Pearls of the Past. Studies on Near Eastern Art and Archaeology in Honour of Frances Pinnock, edited by M. D´Andrea, M.G. Micale, D. Nadali, S. Pizzimenti, and A. Vacca, 413–28. Marru 8. Münster: Zaphon.

      Kelly-Buccellati, M., P. Matthiae, and M. Van Loon, eds. 1986. Insight Through Images: Studies in Honor of Edith Porada. Bibliotheca Mesopotamica 21. Malibu: Undena Publications.

      Kelly-Buccellati, M., and L. Mount Williams. 1977. “Terqa Preliminary Reports, No. 3: Object Typology of the Second Season: The Third and Second Millennia.” Syro-Mesopotamian Studies 1 (5): 143–69.

      Kelly-Buccellati, M., and J. Omar. 2004. “Urkesh Ceramics from the Palace Area.” Annales Archéologiques Arabes Syriennes 47–48: 45–61.

      Kelly-Buccellati, M., and W. Shelby. 1977. “Terqa Preliminary Reports No. 4: A Typology of Ceramic Vessels of the Third and Second Millennia.” Syro-Mesopotamian Studies 1 (6): 171–236.
      ———. 2007. “Middle Euphrates Ceramics in the Third and Second Millennia: A View from Terqa.” In Céramique de L’Âge Du Bronze En Syrie II L’Euphrate et La Région de Jézireh, edited by M. Al-Maqdissi, V. Matoïan, and C. Nicolle, 119–51. Beyrouth: Institut français d’archéologie du Proche-Orient.

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