Philip Kohl


Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor emeritus of Slavic Studies; Professor emeritus of Anthropology, Wellesley College

Center Associate
Archaeolog of the Ancient Near East and Eurasia
Analysis of the political construction of nationalist prehistories in the practice of archaeology in Central Asia and the Caucasus
cultural anthropological studies of the peoples of the Caucasus and Central Asia.
Current Project
"Final publication of excavations in Daghestan, Russia on the West Caspian Coastal Plain"
Foreign Language


, Anthropology
, Harvard University
Selected Publications

“Early Bronze Developments on the West Caspian Coastal Plain” with R.G. Magomedov in Paléorient, Paris: CNRS Editions (2014), Vol. 40.2, pp. 93-114.

“The Prehistory of the Caucasus: Internal Developments and External Interactions” with V. Trifonov in Cambridge World Prehistory, ed. C. Renfrew and P. Bahn, (Cambridge UP, 2014), Vol. 3, pp. 1571-1595.

"World Systems and Modeling Macro-Historical Processes in Later Prehistory: an examination of old and a search for new perspectives," in Interweaving Worlds: Systemic interactions in Eurasia, 7th to the 1st millennia BC, Ed. by T. Wilkinson, S. Sherratt, and J. Bennet, Oxbow Press (2011), pp. 77-86

Selective Remembrances: Archaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts, lead co-editor (with M. Kozelsky and N. Ben-Yehuda), Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2007).

The Making of Bronze Age Eurasia, Cambridge: Cambridge UP, World Archaeology Series (2007).