Joan Louise Lines
6 May 1928
David Oates (m. 1956–2004)
|Awards||Fellow of the British Academy (2004) |
Grahame Clark Medal for Prehistoric Archaeology (2014)
|Sub-discipline||Ancient Near East|
|Institutions||Girton College, Cambridge |
University of Cambridge
McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Joan Louise Oates, FBA (née Lines; born 6 May 1928) is an American archaeologist and academic, specialising in the Ancient Near East. From 1971 to 1995, she was a fellow and tutor of Girton College, Cambridge and a lecturer at the University of Cambridge. Since 1995, she has been a Senior Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Since 2004, she has been director of the excavations of Tell Brak; she was Co-Director, with her husband David Oates, between 1988 and 2004.
Oates was born on 6 May 1928 to Harold Burdette Lines and Beatrice Naomi Lines. While participating in the excavation of Nimrud, she met David Oates (1927–2004). They married in 1956 and together had three children. They collaborated on a number of archaeological publications and excavations.
In 2004, Oates was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences. In 2014, she was awarded the Grahame Clark Medal for Prehistoric Archaeology by the British Academy. The citation read: "to recognise her reputation as one of the leading authorities on Mesopotamian prehistory as well as her fundamental contributions to our understanding of ancient Near Eastern Civilisation."
- Oates, David; Oates, Joan (1976). The rise of civilization. Oxford: Elsevier. ISBN 072900015X.
- Oates, Joan (1986). Babylon (Rev. ed.). New York, N.Y.: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0500273847.
- Oates, Carolyn; Postgate, Carolyn; Oates, David (1997). The excavations at Tell al Rimah: the pottery. Warminster: British School of Archaeology in Iraq. ISBN 0856687006.
- Oates, David; Oates, Joan; McDonald, Helen (1998). Excavations at Tell Brak: Vol. 1: The Mitanni and Old Babylonian periods. Cambridge: McDonald Institute. ISBN 0951942050.
- Oates, David; Oates, Joan; McDonald, Helen (2001). Excavations at Tell Brak: Vol. 2: Nagar in the third millennium BC. Cambridge: McDonald Institute. ISBN 9780951942093.
- Oates, Joan; Oates, David (2001). Nimrud: an Assyrian imperial city revealed. London: British School of Archaeology in Iraq. ISBN 0903472252.
- "OATES, Dr Joan". British Academy Fellows. British Academy. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
- "Team Members". Tell Brak. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
- 'OATES, Joan Louise', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2016 ; online edn, Nov 2016 accessed 5 June 2017
- "Obituaries: Professor David Oates, MA, FSA, FBA (1927-2004)". Iraq. British Institute for the Study of Iraq. 66: v–vii. 2004.
- "David Oates; Obituary". The Times (68043). 7 April 2004. p. 26.
- "Dr Joan Oates". britac.ac.uk. British Academy. 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
- "Grahame Clark Medal 2014". Prizes and medals. The British Academy. 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.