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Catherine Foster is an archaeologist, analyst and former curator with a decade of experience in collections management, university teaching, archaeological fieldwork, and federal civil service in support of cultural heritage protection and preservation.

She specializes in the study of the ancient Middle East with a research focus on the everyday life of non-elite households from 5,000 years ago. Her work both as an archaeologist and museum curator draws from theoretical aspects of embodied spaces, materiality, and sensory approaches to the ancient past. She is also a strong advocate for public outreach and cultural heritage issues, such as combating the illicit antiquities trade and preservation of archaeological sites.

For seven years Catherine served as curator for the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology and graduate student instructor at the University of California at Berkeley; and authored several articles on archaeology and museum exhibitions including her co-edited book New Perspectives on Household Archaeology. She is also a cultural property analyst for the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Heritage Center. Foster holds a Ph.D. in ancient Near Eastern art and archaeology from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California at San Diego with a decade of excavation experience in Jordan, Turkey, and the United States.

Banner image: "Eye idols" from Tell Brak, Syria / 4th millennium BCE
Source: Fortin 1999 "Syria: Land of Civilizations"