|Title||Professor of Silk Road Studies|
|Alma mater||Institute of Archaeology, University of London|
|Thesis||'The prehistory of the basalt desert, Transjordan: an analysis (1986)|
|Discipline||Archaeology and prehistory|
University of Edinburgh |
Queen's University Belfast
University of Sydney
Alison Venetia Graham Betts, FSA, FAHA is a British archaeologist and academic, who specialises in the "archaeology of the lands along the Silk Roads" and the nomadic peoples of the Near East. Since 2012, she has been Professor of Silk Road Studies at the University of Sydney.
Early life and education
Betts was born and raised in Scotland. She studied at the Institute of Archaeology, University of London, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, a Master of Arts (MA) degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Her doctoral thesis was submitted in 1986 and was titled "The prehistory of the basalt desert, Transjordan: an analysis".
In 1986, Betts joined the University of Edinburgh as a British Academy Teaching Fellow. In 1989, she moved to the Queen's University, Belfast, where she worked as a research fellow. In 1991, she was appointed a lecturer in Levantine archaeology at the University of Sydney. By 2010, she had been promoted to senior lecturer. In 2012, she was appointed Professor of Silk Road Studies.
Betts has excavated in the Near East and in Central Asia, including directing excavations in Eastern Jordan, in Uzbekistan, and in Xinjiang, China. Her research is mainly focused on the Bronze Age, archaeology of the Levant, archaeology of the Silk Roads, and nomadic pastoralism of the Near East.
In August 2016, Betts gave that year's Petrie Oration on "Kingship and the Gods in Ancient Khorezm: new light on the early history of Zoroastrianism"; the Petrie Oration is an "annual public lecture sponsored by the Australian Institute of Archaeology on ancient world archaeology".
In 2010, Betts was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA), the top learned academy in Australia for the humanities. On 13 October 2016, she was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).
- Khozhaniyazou, G.; Helms, S.; Betts, A. (2006). The military architecture of ancient Chorasmia. Paris: De Boccard. ISBN 978-2701801964.
- Betts, A. V. G.; Cropper, D.; Martin, L.; McCartney, C. (2013). The Later Prehistory of the Badia: Excavations and Surveys in Eastern Jordan. Oxford: Oxbow Books. ISBN 978-1842174739.
- Betts, A.; Kidd, F., eds. (2015). Buddhist Iconography of Northern Bactria. New Delhi: Manohar Publications. ISBN 978-9350980972.
- "Professor Alison Betts". Department of Archaeology. The University of Sydney. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- "Alison Betts". uk.linkedin.com. LinkedIn. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- Webber, Pauline (10 April 2010). "Access All Areas: Alison Betts". theaustralian.com.au. The Australian. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- "Betts, Alison, FAHA". humanities.org.au. Australian Academy of the Humanities. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- Betts, Alison Venetia Graham (1986). "The prehistory of the basalt desert, Transjordan: an analysis". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- "2016 Petrie Oration". aiarch.org.au. Australian Institute of Archaeology. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- "Petrie Oration". aiarch.org.au. Australian Institute of Archaeology. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
- "13 Oct Ballot Results". sal.org.uk. Society of Antiquaries of London. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.