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William Parkinson, PhD


Curator of Anthropology, Field Museum of Natural History

Anthropology, Archaeology


I am a specialist in European and Eastern Mediterranean Prehistory.  My anthropological research explores the social dynamics of early village societies and the emergence of early states.

I am the American Director of the Körös Regional Archaeological Project, an international, multi-disciplinary research project aimed at understanding the social changes that occurred on the Great Hungarian Plain throughout the Holocene.

I also am American Co-Director of The Diros Project, a multi-disciplinary regional research project that explores the social changes that occurred on the western Mani Peninsula of southern Greece throughout the Pleistocene and Holocene.



PhD Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1999

MA Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1995

BA Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1992

St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 1991

Research Currently in Progress

The Körös Regional Archaeological Project, Hungary

The Diros Project, Greece

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