Catherine Foster is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in the study of the ancient Middle East, and whose research focuses 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.
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