Kevin Fisher

  • eastern Mediterranean archaeology (esp. prehistoric & Bronze Age Cyprus)
  • spatial analysis of built environments and social interaction
  • urbanism and the social dynamics of urban landscapes
  • place-making, monumentality and power
  • use of digital and spatial technologies in archaeology
  • emergence of complex societies
  • social theory; human and material agency
  • cultural heritage management; politics of the past

I'm Co-director of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project, a collaborative and interdisciplinary investigation of the relationships between urban landscapes, social interaction, and social change on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus during the Late Bronze Age (or Late Cypriot period, c. 1650-1100 BCE).  This period saw Cyprus transform from a relatively insular, village-based, and largely egalitarian society to one with social classes, centralized systems of production and exchange, and extensive international contacts.  We're trying to understand the central role that the island's first cities had in these profound changes.  Our work focuses on two important urban centers, Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios and the Maroni "urban cluster", located in neighboring river valleys in south-central Cyprus.  The KAMBE Project uses a number of cutting-edge digital technologies and scientific methods to investigate and visualize these sites, including high-resolution geophysics, geoarchaeology, drone-based remote sensing, laser scanning, photogrammetry, and 3D modeling.  We are currently working on an augmented reality app for use at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios.

I'm also a collaborator (along with Prof. Lisa Cooper and researchers from several other Canadian and international universities) on the Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project.  We are attempting to create a framework for the integration and analysis of  a wide range of data from several archaeological projects investigating the ancient Near East, focusing initially on the Orontes River Watershed of southeast Turkey and northwest Syria.  This SSHRC-funded project is building an interdisciplinary collaboration of researchers who will use this framework to model and visualize the interplay of social, economic and environmental dynamics at various spatial and temporal scales in order to shed light on the rise and development of complex societies in this important region.  This research will also provide insight into a number of pressing contemporary issues, including the ecological impact of human activities, the socioeconomic and political impact of climate change, the long-term health consequences of human dietary practices and subsistence strategies, and the role of cultural conflict in affecting social and political change.

There are potential research and training opportunities on both of these projects for graduate and undergraduate students.  In 2014, undergraduate student Tia Sager (now a PhD student at University of Tornoto) worked as a Research Assistant on the KAMBE Project through an Arts Undergraduate Research Award and won the 2014-15 Russ Patrick Award (including a $1900 scholarship) for best Undergraduate Research Writing in the Faculty of Arts.  In the summer of 2015, a UBC archaeological field school joined the KAMBE Project and worked on excavation and geophysical survey at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios.  The next field school is planned for Summer 2018.

Books
Creekmore, A. and K.D. Fisher (eds.). 2014. Making Ancient Cities: Space and Place in Early Urban Societies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Contents).  See review in American Journal of Archaeology.
Fisher, K.D. Monumentality, Place and Social Interaction on Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology Vol. 14. (Under contract to Equinox Press, London UK; to be submitted 2017). 
Journal Articles
Fisher, K.D., J.F. Leon, S.W. Manning, M. Rogers and D. Sewell. 2011-2012 (in press). The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project: introduction and preliminary report on the 2008 and 2010 field seasons. Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus.
Andreou, G.M., R. Opitz, S.W. Manning, K.D. Fisher, D.A. Sewell, A. Georgiou, T. Urban. 2017. Integrated methods for understanding and monitoring the loss of coastal archaeological sites: The case of Tochni-Lakkia, south-central Cyprus. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 12: 197-208.
Urban, T.F., J.F. Leon, S.W. Manning, and K.D. Fisher. 2014. High resolution GPR mapping of Late Bronze Age architecture at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus. Journal of Applied Geophysics 107: 129-136.
Manning, S.W., G-M. Andreou, K.D. Fisher, P. Gerard-Little, C. Kearns, J. F. Leon, D.A. Sewell and T.M. Urban. 2014. Becoming urban: investigating the anatomy of the Maroni Late Bronze Age complex, Cyprus. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 27.1: 3-32.
Urban, T.M., J.F. Leon, S.W. Manning, K.D. Fisher, C.M. Kearns and P.A. Gerrard-Little. 2013. Ground-penetrating radar investigations at Kalavasos Ayios-Dhimitrios offer a new look at Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Antiquity 87(338): http://antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/urban338/.
Rogers, M., J.F. Leon, K.D. Fisher, S.W. Manning and D. Sewell. 2012. Comparing similar ground-penetrating radar surveys under different soil moisture conditions at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus. Archaeological Prospection 19(4): 297-305.
Fisher, K.D. 2009. Placing social interaction: an integrative approach to analyzing past built environments. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 28: 439-57.
Fisher, K.D. 2009. Elite place-making and social interaction in the Late Cypriot Bronze Age. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 22.2: 183-209. 
Fisher, K.D. 2006-07. The aegeanization of Cyprus at the end of the Bronze Age:  an architectural perspective. In Cyprus, the Sea Peoples and the Eastern Mediterranean: Regional Perspectives of Continuity and Change. T.P. Harrison (ed.). Special Issue of Scripta Mediterranea 27-28: 81-103.
Contributions to Edited Volumes
Fisher, K.D. 2014. Rethinking the Late Cypriot built environment: households and communities as places of social transformation. In The Cambridge Prehistory of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean, A.B. Knapp and P. van Dommelen (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 399-416.
Fisher, K.D. 2014. The creation and experience of monumentality on Protohistoric Cyprus. In Approaching Monumentality in the Archaeological Record. J. Osborne (ed.). Albany: SUNY Press. Pp. 355-381.
Fisher, K.D and A. Creekmore. 2014. Making ancient cities: new perspectives on the production of urban places. In Making Ancient Cities: Space and Place in Early Urban Societies. A. Creekmore and K.D. Fisher (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 1-31.
Fisher, K.D. 2014. Making the first cities on Cyprus: urbanism and social change in the Late Bronze Age. In Making Ancient Cities: Space and Place in Early Urban Societies Studies. A. Creekmore and K.D. Fisher (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 181-219.
Fisher, K.D. 2014. Investigating monumental social space in Late Bronze Age Cyprus: an integrative approach. In Spatial Analysis and Social Spaces: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Interpretation of Historic and Prehistoric Built Environments. E. Paliou, U. Lieberwirth and S. Polla (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter. Pp. 167-202.
Fisher, K.D. 2014. Archaeology of Cyprus. In The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. C. Smith (ed.). New York: Springer. Pp. 2000-2016.
Fisher, K.D. 2006. Messages in stone:  constructing sociopolitical inequality in Late Bronze Age Cyprus. In Space and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology. E.C. Robertson, J.W. Seibert, D.C. Fernandez and M.U. Zender (eds). Calgary and Albuquerque: University of Calgary Press and University of New Mexico Press. Pp. 123-32.
Book Reviews
2015. Review of D. Maliszewski. Chalcolithic and Bronze Age Pottery from the Field Survey in Northwestern Cyprus, 1992–1999. Polis-Pyrgos Archaeological Project, Volume 1 (Oxford: BAR International Series 2547). Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 373: 246-7.
2012. Review of J. Smith. Art and Society in Cyprus from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 366: 90-2.
2009. Review of J. Smith (ed.), Views from Phlamoudhi, Cyprus (Boston: Annual of the American Schools of Oriental Research vol. 63, 2008). Journal of the American Oriental Society 129.2: 25-6.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connections Grant for Creating and training a network of digital humanities scholars on the Lower Mainland; Co-applicant (2014; $23,785 CAN)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant for Investigating Urban Social Dynamics Using High Resolution Archaeology; Principal Investigator (2014-16; $73,738 CAN)

UBC Digital Salon Accelerator Grant for Creating an Augmented Reality App for the Archaeological Site of Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus (2014-15; $5000 CAN)

Arts HSS Research Grant (University of British Columbia, Faculty of Arts) for archaeological work at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios, Cyprus (2014; $3500 CAN)

Arts HSS Workshop & Visiting Speakers Grant (University of British Columbia, Faculty of Arts) for Digital Perspectives on the Past: New Methods and Research in Digital Archaeology Symposium (2014; $2000 CAN)

Arts Undergraduate Research Award (University of British Columbia) for Analyzing and Visualizing Built Space on Bronze Age Cyprus Project (2014; $3000 CAN)

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant for Mapping Ancient Cultural Landscapes Using Aerial Thermography; Co-Principal Investigator (2012-14; Award Ref. # HD-51590-12; $49,999 US)

National Science Foundation Collaborative Research Grant for Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project; Co-Principal Investigator (2009-12; Awards # BCS-0917732 & 0917734; $168,208 US)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008-10; $81,000 CAN)

Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Award (2008)

Archaeological Institute of America Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship (2004-2005; $4000 US)

2017
Acting (G)locally:  Monumental Place-making and Identity on Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Invited paper presented in the Insulae Coniunctae: Mediterranean Archaeologies of Insularity in the Age of Globalization session at the Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Toronto ON (Jan. 6).
2016
The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project: 2016 Season. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute Annual Workshop, Nicosia, Cyprus. Co-authors: S.W. Manning, G. Andreou, C. Kearns, T. Urban (July 2).
Digital approaches to investigating ancient cities: The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project, Cyprus. Next steps in Digital Humanities: an Interactive Workshop, UBC, Vancouver (Feb. 25).
2015
Investigating Late Bronze Age urban landscapes on Cyprus: The 2015 season at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios. American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. (Nov. 20).
The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project: 2015 Season. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute Annual Workshop, Nicosia, Cyprus.  Co-author: S.W. Manning (June 27).
The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project: Investigating Late Bronze Age urban landscapes in south-central Cyprus. Ancient Cyprus Today: Museum Collections and new Research Approaches to the Archaeology of Cyprus, Stockholm, Sweden (April 26).
Teaching an archaeology of space and place: Approaches, challenges, and prospects. Past Matters: Teaching History through Material Culture Symposium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (Mar. 6).
2014
3D Visualizations of Landscapes, Urban Settlements, and Architecture. American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Co-author: S. Batiuk (presenter) (Nov. 20).
The 2013 and 2014 Seasons of the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project (Cyprus). American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Co-author: S.W. Manning (Nov. 22).
Investigating Late Bronze Age urban landscapes on Cyprus using terrestrial and aerial remote sensing. Age of Sensing: 5th International Conference on Remote Sensing and Archaeology, Duke University, Durham, NC (Oct. 13).
The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project:  The 2014 Season. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute Annual Workshop, Nicosia, Cyprus.  Co-authors: S.W. Manning (presenter), J. Leon, T.M. Urban, C. Kearns  (June 28).
Differing Trajectories of Urbanism on Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Austin TX (April 24).
A Digital Revolution? 3D Modeling of Built Environments and Landscapes Using Photogrammetry. Digital Perspectives on the Past: New Methods and Research in Digital Archaeology.  Symposium held at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Mar. 15).
2013
The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project 2013 Season: New Assessments of Late Cypriot Cityscapes (Poster). American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD. Co-authors: Kearns, C., J.F. Leon, P. Gerrard-Little, T. Urban, S.W. Manning (Nov. 23).
The Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project:  Large Scale Data Integration and Analysis on the Orontes Watershed.  American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Baltimore MD. Co-authors: S. Batiuk and D. Schloen (Nov. 22).
Digital Approaches to Ancient Cities:  the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project, Cyprus. Word, Space, Time: Digital Perspectives on the Classical World, Digital Classics Association Conference, SUNY Buffalo, NY (April 6).
Introduction to the Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project. CRANE Workshop, University of Toronto. Co-author: S. Batiuk (Mar. 22).
GIS and Place-making in Late Bronze Age Cyprus:  Prospects and Challenges. Space, Place and Time: GIS Technology in Ancient and Medieval European History session, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (Jan. 5).
2012
The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project, Cyprus:  The 2012 Season. GIS and Remote Sensing in Archaeology session, American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.  Co-authors: S.W. Manning and M. Rogers (Nov. 17).
The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project:  The 2011 Season. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute Annual Workshop, Nicosia, Cyprus.  Co-authors: S.W. Manning (presenter), J. Leon, M. Rogers, T.M. Urban (June 16).
The creation and experience of monumentality on Protohistoric Cyprus. Invited paper for Approaching Monumentality in the Archaeological Record, Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Annual Conference, University at Buffalo SUNY (May 12).
3D Visualization at Pompeii and Beyond (Roundtable Discussion). Invited participant.  University of Arkansas (April 24).
Approaches to 3D digital recording of an Early Classic temple façade at El Zotz, Guatemala. Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN. Co-authors: K. Simon, J. Cothren, L. Lippiello, R. Opitz (April 21).
The Impact of Special Purpose Institutions on the Future of Archaeology. Forum held at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN.  Invited representative for Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas (April 19).
Close-range photogrammetry vs. 3D scanning: Comparing data capture, processing and model generation in the field and the lab. Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) conference, University of Southampton. Co-authors: A. Barnes, R. Opitz (presenter), K. Simon, L. Lippiello (March 27).
2011
New approaches to Late Cypriot cityscapes: Archaeogeophysics and LIDAR survey by the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project (poster). American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Co-authors: J. Leon, K. Kearns, P. Gerard-Little, S. Manning and M. Rogers (Nov. 18).
The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments (KAMBE) Project, 2008-2011. Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute Annual Workshop, Nicosia, Cyprus (June 25).
Contextual monumentality, meaning and social interaction in Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Invited paper for the BIG: Monumentality and Meaning in the Ancient World symposium, Program in Early Cultures, Brown University (February 26).
2010
Making places in Late Bronze Age Cyprus. Invited paper for the Plenary Session of the American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (Nov. 17).
Rendering Cuzco in Three Dimensions (poster). Institute of Andean Studies 50th Annual Meeting, UC Berkeley, CA. Co-authors: A. Vranich, S. Boots, C. Truong, A. Barnes and J. Cothren (January 7-10). 
2009
3D laser scanning and photogrammetry in archaeology:  recording and visualizing architecture in the heart of the Inka Empire. Invited paper for Physics and Archaeology: the 101st Topical Symposium of the New York State Section of the American Physical Society, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY (Nov. 21).
The Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project: investigating social transformation in Late Bronze Age Cyprus. American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Co-authors: S.W. Manning and M. Rogers (Nov. 19).
Rethinking the urban revolution: the view from Bronze Age Cyprus. Studies of the Production of Space in Ancient Cities symposium at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA (April 24).

 

Education

PhD in Anthropology, University of Toronto, 2007 (Dissertation:  Building Power: Monumental Architecture, Place and Social Interaction in Late Bronze Age Cyprus; winner of 2008 Society for American Archaeology Dissertation Award)

MA in Regional Planning and Resource Development, University of Waterloo (Thesis:  Planning for the Built Heritage:  The Gooderham and Worts Redevelopment, Toronto, Ontario)

BA (First Class Honors) in Classics, Brock University (specialization in Archaeology)

 

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology, Department of Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, University of British Columbia (July 2013-present)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Research on the Ancient Near East (CRANE) Project, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations & Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto (Nov. 2012-June 2013)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies & Department of Anthropology, University of Arkansas (2011-2012); Research Associate (Nov. 2012-present)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University; cross-appointed to Department of Anthropology (2010-2011)

Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Lecturer, Department of Classics and Archaeology Intercollege Program, Cornell University (2008-2010)

 

 

Courses Currently Taught