Dr Christina Tsouparopoulou

BA (hons) MPhil PhD

Christina’s research explores the socio-cultural history and archaeology of the Ancient Near East from the 3rd to the 1st millennium BC to elucidate aspects of social complexity, taking an interdisciplinary approach with a strong emphasis on digital humanities and their applications to archaeological material, especially database development, computer vision research and social network analysis.


Christina completed her PhD at Newnham College, Cambridge, on the sealing and administrative practices at the end of the 3rd millennium BC in Mesopotamia. During her PhD, she spent two years in the Netherlands, and moved to Helsinki to work on interconnections in the Eastern Mediterranean in the 2nd and 1st millennium BC. Upon finishing her PhD, she took a postdoctoral appointment at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, working for the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative and directing the creation of a database for the documentation of seals and sealing practices in the Ancient Near East.

After her first maternity leave, she moved to Heidelberg to work in the CRC 933 Material Text Cultures on the materiality of writing and the written in the Ancient Near East, focusing on the 3rd millennium BC. She then taught at the University of Newcastle and gave birth to her second child, before moving back to Cambridge to lead a project on the materiality of votive inscriptions and religious practices of private individuals in the Ancient Near East throughout three millennia.

She is based at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Research interests

Her research programme comprises two distinct but interrelated interdisciplinary projects which explore 1) the connectivities of societies and people in Western Eurasia during a period of intense changes in the socio-political landscape of the Ancient Near East, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Southern Caucasus region, funded through a Marie-Curie fellowship, and 2) the interplay of religion and ritual practices in the formation of identities in the Ancient Near East in the longue durée, funded through a collaborative grant from the Swedish Research Council.