Benjamin Porter

Job title: 
Associate Professor and Curator of Middle Eastern Archaeology; CMES Senior Research Scholar
Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures

Benjamin W. Porter is Associate Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology in the Department of Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures and Curator of Middle Eastern Archaeology at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology where he served as the Museum’s director from 2015 to 2019. Porter is a Near Eastern archaeologist who investigates how past Middle Eastern and Mediterranean societies built resilient communities and institutions in arid and semi-arid zones. He directs field archaeology projects in Jordan at the Iron Age capitals of Dhiban and Busayra. From 2015 to 2018 he served as teh He also co-directs a museum collections project at the Hearst Museum that is researching evidence from Peter B. Cornwall’s 1941 expedition to Bahrain and Eastern Saudi Arabia.


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