2015 Hellman Fellow
Assistant Professor, Antrhopology
Project Title: (Re)Constructing and Using Space in Prehistory: Exploring Technologies, Domestic Activities and Communal Living at a 20,000-Year-Old Hunter-Gatherer Site in Jordan
Lisa A. Maher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a prehistoric archaeologist and geoarchaeologist who’s research focuses on reconstructing hunter-gatherer lifeways and human-environment interactions throughout the Pleistocene and early Holocene in Southwest Asia and North Africa. She is particularly interested in the social impacts of prehistoric technologies and the role that every-day objects played in the creation and transformation of prehistoric societies. Other research interests include mortuary archaeology and the emergence of social complexity. She has directed excavation and survey projects in Jordan for over fifteen years, and worked in North America, North Africa, and Japan. Her current projects include excavations at Kharaneh IV, Jordan, through the Epipalaeolithic Foragers in Azraq Project. Lisa received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2005 and held postdoc and research associate positions at the University of Cambridge from 2005-2011 before moving to Berkeley in 2012.