- 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. This collaboration with Cornell University has received substantial funding from the Social Sciences and Humanties Research Council (Canada) and the National Science Foundation (US). In 2017 I was awarded a large Canada Foundation for Innovation grant that will allow us to build infrastructure for digital archaeology at UBC, including the purchase of new computers, close- and mid-range laser scanners, a drone, 3D printer and related equipment for use by KAMBE and other archaeological projects. We have worked on an augmented reality app for use at Kalavasos-Ayios Dhimitrios and are currently collaborating with the Centre for Digital Media and UBC’s Emerging Media Lab on a virtual reality model of the site that will be deployed in both teaching and research into how past peoples experienced their built environments.
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 Toronto) 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. Several of those students returned for the 2016 field season and were at least partially-funded by the project. The next field school is planned for Summer 2019.
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)
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)
Selected Grants and Awards
UBC Dean of Arts Research Award (2017)
Canada Foundation for Innovation John R. Evans Leaders Fund Grant for Building Infrastructure for Spatial Archaeometry and Visualization (2017; $207,654 CAN)
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)
Courses Currently TaughtWinter 2018
CLST331 Greek Art and Architecture Sections
An introduction to the visual culture of the ancient Greek world in the second and first millennia BCE, especially from c. 1000 to 30 BCE.
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CLST403C Seminar in Classical Art and Archaeology - SEM CLS ART&ARCH Sections
Selected topics in Greek or Roman art and archaeology, with an emphasis on research. Restricted to majors and honours students in CLST, CLAS, CLAH, ARGR, GRNE, CNRS.
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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 Spring 2018).
Casana, J., A. Wiewel, A.C. Hill, A. Cool, K.D. Fisher, E. Jakoby-Laugier. 2017. Archaeological aerial thermography in theory and practice. Advances in Archaeological Practice 5(4): 310-27.
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.
Leon, J.F, K.D. Fisher, S.W. Manning and M. Rogers. 2013 (in press). Interim Report on the Kalavasos and Maroni Built Environments Project: The 2011 Field Season. Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus.
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/.
Fisher, K.D., J.F. Leon, S.W. Manning, M. Rogers and D. Sewell. 2011-2012. 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: 415-442.
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. 2018. Archaeology of Cyprus. In The Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology. C. Smith (ed.). New York: Springer.
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. 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.
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.
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