Gil Stein (archaeologist)

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Gil Stein (born January 9, 1956) is an American archaeologist. He was director of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago from 2003 to 2017.[1]

Stein received a B.A. from Yale University in 1978 and a Ph.D. in 1988 from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1990, he was appointed an assistant professor at the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, and in 2001 became a full professor at the same department. In 2002, he moved to the University of Chicago. Since 2008 he has jointly directed the Joint Syrian-American Archaeological Research Project at Tell Zeidan of the Ubaid culture.[2][3][4] In 2017, Stein was appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost for Cultural Heritage at the University of Chicago.


  • Rethinking World Systems - Diasporas, Colonies, and Interaction in Uruk Mesopotamia, Tucson: University of Arizona, 1999. ISBN 0-8165-2009-7
  • The Archaeology of Colonial Encounters: Comparative Perspectives. School of American Research Press, 2005.



  1. ^ "Directors of the Oriental Institute". The Oriental Institute. University of Chicago. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ Stein, Gil J. (2009). "Tell Zeidan" (PDF). 2008–2009 Annual Report of The Oriental Institute. University of Chicago. pp. 126–137. Retrieved 2010-04-05.
  3. ^ Stein, Gil J. (2010). "Tell Zeidan" (PDF). 2009–2010 Annual Report of The Oriental Institute. University of Chicago. pp. 105–118. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  4. ^ "In Syria, a Prologue for Cities". New York Times. April 5, 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-06.

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