Abbas Alizadeh received his B.A. in art and archaeology of ancient Iran from the Department of Archaeology of Tehran University in 1975, and his M.A. in 1982 from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago. In 1988 he received his Ph.D. with high honors from the same department. From 1988 to 1991 he was Associate Curator and Research Associate and Instructor at Harvard’s University Semitic Museum. He returned to the University of Chicago in 1991 as Senior Research Associate and Director of Iranian Prehistoric Project to conduct research and teach various courses on Iranian archaeology. Alizadeh’s fieldwork includes various surveys and excavations in North Africa, Jordan and Anatolia. Alizadeh has written 9 books and numerous articles in both Persian and English. He is also the author of the only Persian language book in Iran on methods and theory in archaeology. Most of his publications focus on the ancient nomads and their role in the emergence of social complexity.
Avi Bachenheimer is an archaeologist and historian who specialises on historiography and linguistics of pre-Islamic Iran, Mesopotamia and the entire Near East. He studied history and archaeology at the University of Western Australia, writing his master’s thesis on the royal projects of the late Achaemenid era. Bachenheimer’s revision of Achaemenid Historiography has had a significant impact in the field of Near Eastern studies in general. His expertise in Achaemenid historiography and linguistics has attracted international academic collaborations with the World Monuments Fund and the National Museum of Iran. Bachenheimer has written numerous books and articles on archaeology and history of the ancient Near East including “the Achaemenids and the Iconography of the Audience Scene”, “Old Persian: Dictionary, Glossary and Concordance”, “A Catharsis from the Mundane Historiography of the Achaemenid Empire” and “Gobekli Tepe; An Introduction to the World’s Oldest Temple”.
Kamyar Abdi is an Iranian archaeologist. He is the editor of the Iranian Journal of Archaeology and History, a Research Associate at the Iranian Center for Research on Humanities and Cultural Studies, and professor at Department of Archaeology at Shiraz University. Kamyar Abdi received his M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at University of Chicago (1997) and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Anthropology (200). From 2002 to 2008, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College. His research interests include sedentism, food production and political developments in the ancient Near East, especially Iran. He has directed archaeological projects at Malyan, Arjan, Sorkh Dom Lori, and Ziviyeh. He also formerly was a visiting professor at department of archaeology in Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran. In 2017 he joined Shiraz University as a full professor.