Adam S. Green is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the McDonald Insitute for Archaeological Research, and a College Research Associate at King’s College at the University of Cambridge. He specializes in the comparative study of social complexity through the lenses of technology, landscape, and political economy, with a strong focus on the Indus civilization of South Asia (2600-1900 B.C.). His interests include urbanism, inequality, and human-environment interaction. He uses a wide variety of fine-grained, data-driven methods to investigate social processes in the past, with specializations archaeological survey, geographical information based (GIS) based analysis, and the high resolution re-analysis of artifact assemblages using digital techniques (database development, quantitative analysis, 3D modeling at all scales, computational archaeology).
Dr. Green is a member of the TwoRains Project, a European Research Council-funded investigation of choice, strategy, and resilience in South Asia’s past. TwoRains examines how people in the Indus civilization faced a changing climate, which created contrasting challenges in different ecological zones. The project, whose Principal Investigator is Dr. Cameron A. Petrie, brings together experts in paleo-ecology and environmental archaeology to investigate sites in northwest India, where both winter rains and the Indian summer monsoon provided water for settlements.
Stamp Seal from the site of Mohenjo-daro (63.10/8; M-173). Photograph by Adam S. Green.
Dr. Green earned his PhD in Anthropology from New York University. His doctoral dissertation, Stamp Seals in the Political Economy of South Asia’s Earliest Cities, investigated relationships between separate groups of artisans who made stamp seals, important tools for exchange, and groups of people who used them. He analyzed the production and use of stamp seals using experimental replication, non-destructive 3D scanning and microscopy, stylistic and morphological analysis, and GIS. He pursued this work as a Fulbright-Nehru scholar in India between 2011-2012, analyzing artifacts in the Archaeological Survey of India’s collections and collaborating with scholars at the National Museum of India. He also worked with Dr. Vasant Shinde and colleagues at Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, undertaking a survey of the major Indus site of Rakhigarhi in the state of Haryana. Prior to his PhD research in India, he supervised excavations and surveys associated with the Alalakh Project in Turkey, and participated on both academic and cultural resource management projects in the United States. He has also worked on the Blue J community in New Mexico and contributed to numerous projects while working for New South Associates, a private firm based in Atlanta, USA.
Dr. Green is committed to the open dissemination of anthropological and archaeological knowledge through education and public engagement. Between 2013 and 2016, he taught undergraduate courses that covered all of anthropology’s subfields at Georgia State University, providing an inclusive and engaging learning environment for students from many social and cultural backgrounds. Anthropological knowledge has the potential to enhance students’ writing, critical thinking, and research skills while providing them with an appreciation for the depth and diversity of human experiences. Learning about anthropology helps students take on complex social problems, and makes them more confident, informed, tolerant, and empowered.
Updated July 28, 2017