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Jesse Casana

Jessie Casana

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Chicago 2003

Landscape archaeology
Geoarchaeology
Near East and Mediterranean
human-environment relationships

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Jesse Casana is a specialist in the archaeology of the Middle East . His research investigates the history of settlement and land use in the ancient world, as well as the dynamic interactions of humans with their environment. Since 1995, Dr. Casana has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Turkey, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, and elsewhere. His projects explore large regions, embrace long periods of human history, and employ a wide range of techniques, including archaeological survey, geoarchaeology, satellite imagery-based analyses, and sub-surface geophysical prospection.

Dr. Casana is currently co-director of the Tell Qarqur Expedition, an archaeological project in northwestern Syria that is jointly sponsored by the University of Arkansas and the American Schools or Oriental Research. He is also the director of the Dubai Desert Survey, a regional archaeological and paleoenvironmental project in the United Arab Emirates.

In cooperation with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, Dr. Casana currently directs the CORONA Archaeological Atlas of the Middle East.  The project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Council of Learned Societies, will make orthorectified Cold War-era CORONA satellite imagery available to archaeologists and other scholars through a user-friendly online database.

Current Teaching

  • Approaches to Archaeology (ANTH 3023)
  • Landscape Archaeology (ANTH 4603)
  • Ancient Middle East (ANTH 4123)
  • Society and Environment (ANTH 6033/ENDY 6033)
  • Archaeological Field School in Syria (ANTH 4256)

Selected Publications (PDFs available upon request)

Refereed papers:

Casana, Jesse; Jason T. Herrmann. 2010. “Settlement History and Urban Planning at Zincirli Hoyuk, southern Turkey.” Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 23 (1): 55-80.

Casana, Jesse. 2009. Alalakh and the archaeological landscape of Mukish: The political geography and population of a Late Bronze Age kingdom. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 353: 7-37.

Casana, Jesse; Hussein Qandil and Jason T. Herrmann. 2009. Settlement history in the eastern Rub al-Khali: Preliminary report of the Dubai Desert Survey (2006-2007). Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 20: 30-45.

Casana, Jesse. 2008. Mediterranean Valleys revisited: Linking soil erosion, land use and climate variability in the northern Levant. Geomorphology 101 (3): 429-42.

Casana, Jesse; Jason T. Herrmann and Aaron Fogel. 2008. Deep subsurface geophysical prospection at Tell Qarqur, western Syria. Archaeological Prospection 15: 1-19.

Casana, Jesse, and Jackson Cothren. 2008. Stereo analysis, DEM extraction and orthorectification of CORONA satellite imagery: Archaeological applications from the Near East. Antiquity 82: 732-49.

Casana, Jesse. 2007. Structural transformations in settlement systems of the northern Levant. American Journal of Archaeology 111 (2): 195-221.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:
Casana, J.; Wilkinson, T.J. 2005. Settlement and landscapes in the Amuq region. In K.A.Yener (ed.), The Amuq Valley Regional Projects, Volume 1, Surveys in the Plain of Antioch and Orontes Delta, Turkey, 1995-2002. (Oriental Institute Publication No. 131). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 25-65.

Casana, J.; A.R. Gansell. 2005. Surface ceramics, off-site survey, and floodplain development at Tell Atchana (Alalakh). In K.A. Yener (ed.), The Amuq Valley Regional Projects, Volume 1, Surveys in the Plain of Antioch and Orontes Delta, Turkey, 1995-2002. (Oriental Institute Publication No. 131). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 153-69.

Casana, Jesse. 2003. The archaeological landscape of Late Roman Antioch. In J.A.R. Huskinson and B. Sandwell (eds.), Culture and Society in Late Roman Antioch. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 102-25.

Wilkinson, T.J.; Jason Ur and Jesse Casana. 2003. Nucleation to dispersal: Trends in settlement pattern in the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean. In S. Alcock and J. Cherry (eds.), Side-by-Side Survey: Comparative Regional Studies in the Mediterranean World. Oxford: Oxbow, pp. 198-205.

Other Publications:
Casana, Jesse. 2009. The Breakfast Cereal Survey: Teaching archaeology with twelve essential vitamins and minerals. SAA Archaeological Record 9 (4): 13-18.

Dornemann, Rudolph; Jesse Casana. 2008. The 2005 Season of Excavations at Tell Qarqur. Studia Orontica 1: 101-121.

Dornemann, Rudolph; Jesse Casana. 2008. The 2007 Season of Excavations at Tell Qarqur. Studia Orontica 1: 122-141.

Dornemann, Rudolph; Jesse Casana and Lee Maxwell. 2008. The 2008 Season of Excavations at Tell Qarqur. Studia Orontica 1: 142-152.