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Steven E. Falconer
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1987

SHESC Themes: Urban Societies

Field specializations: agrarian societies, archaeology, complex societies, frontier dynamics, urban studies

Regional focus: Asia (Southwest), Mediterranean, Near East


About Research
Falconer specializes in the prehistory and history of Southwestern Asia and the Mediterranean Basin, focusing on the growth and dissolution of complex societies. His current research concentrates on villages and household economies in early urbanized societies and the impacts of agrarian systems on ancient landscapes. He has directed multidisciplinary research projects at a series of four Bronze Age villages along the Jordan Rift in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the American Center of Oriental Research, Amman.

This research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Geographic Society and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. Falconer has inaugurated new field research on Bronze Age village life on Cyprus (with Patricia Fall) in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities, Republic of Cyprus and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia.

Falconer is one of five ASU Principal Investigators on a recently-awarded $1.5 million NSF Biocomplexity grant to study Neolithic and Bronze Age land use and landscape formation in the Mediterranean Basin. Falconer has served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University, Research Fellow at La Trobe University (Melbourne) and the Australia National University (Canberra), and Visiting Scholar at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute (Nicosia).

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Select Publications
Fall, P.L., S.E. Falconer, P.L. Fall, L. Lines, and M. Metzger. 2004.
Environmental impacts of the rise of civilization in the southern Levant, in Prehistoric Human Impact: Global Perspectives on Environmental Degradation, edited by C.L. Redman, P.R. Fish, S.R. James, and J.D. Rogers, pp. 261-291. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Falconer, S.E., P.L. Fall, M.C. Metzger and L. Lines. 2003.
Bronze Age rural economic transitions in the Jordan Valley. Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research 58:1-17.

Savage, S.H. and S.E. Falconer. 2003.
Spatial and statistical inference of Late Bronze Age polities in the Southern Levant. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 330: 31-45.

Fall, P.L., S.E. Falconer and L. Lines. 2002.
Agricultural intensification and the secondary products revolution in the Southern Levant. Human Ecology 30(4): 445-482.

Falconer, S.E. 2001.
The Middle Bronze Age of Jordan, in The Archaeology of Jordan, edited by B. MacDonald, et al.

Fall, P.L., L. Lines, and S.E. Falconer. 1998.
Seeds of civilization: Bronze Age rural economy and ecology in the southern Levant. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 88: 107-125.

Falconer, S.E. 1995.
Rural Responses to Early Urbanism: village and household economy at Tell elHayyat, Jordan. Journal of Field Archaeology 22(4): 399-419.

Falconer, S.E. and S.H. Savage. 1995.
Heartlands and Hinterlands: alternative trajectories of early urbanization in Mesopotamia and the Southern Levant. American Antiquity 60(1): 37-58.

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Contact: Steven E. Falconer