Money is to the West, What Kinship is to the Rest

Recorded: March 2, 2020
Event: The Biennial Ehsan Yarshater Lecture Series

by Daniel Potts (New York University)

Money is to the West, What Kinship is to the Rest

The first lecture sets the scene by discussing why kinship is an important if often overlooked aspect of Iranian antiquity, presenting some key concepts in kinship analysis, and what some of the topics to be investigated over the course of the lectures concern.

About the Speaker

Daniel Potts is Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History in the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University. He received his AB (1975) and PhD (1980) in Anthropology from Harvard University, specializing in Near Eastern archaeology. He taught previously at the Freie Universität Berlin (1981-86), the University of Copenhagen (1980-81, 1986-1991) and the University of Sydney (1991-2012), where he held the Edwin Cuthbert Hall Chair of Middle Eastern Archaeology. His main areas of interest are greater Iran, Mesopotamia, and the Persian Gulf, and as a field archaeologist he has conducted numerous excavations, among others in Iran and Turkey. He is a Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute and ISMEO (Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente), and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.