Katie has worked as an archaeologist for the past decade throughout Central Asia and the Middle East and is now completing a doctorate at the University of Oxford’s archaeology department looking at the impact of the Mongol Conquest on the cities of Central Asia and the Caucasus. She is currently excavating Medieval cities in Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
She has worked on sites dating from the pre-pottery Neolithic in Turkey to the 20th century in Qatar, and many of the periods and countries in between, for institutions including the British Museum and the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, Copenhagen, Liverpool and York. In particular she is interested in what happens to urban centres when they are conquered and how this can be observed archaeologically, which means spending a lot of time carefully excavating in the cities and trying to work out the difference between the remains of conquest versus those of abandonment and desertion. While not in the trenches, she like to explore, and has traveled extensively around Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Middle East teaching and lecturing on archaeological field schools and tours, and trying to understand (to some extent!) the many languages of the region.
Current articles include:
- Semi-fortified palatial complexes in Central Asia: new work at the Great Kyz Kala, Merv, Turkmenistan, T. Williams, G. Jorayev, K. Campbell & P. Wordsworth.
- The Silk Route: China & Kyrgyzstan (2019)