Lauren Ristvet received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She specializes in Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern history and archaeology, with an emphasis on the formation and collapse of archaic states, landscape archaeology, human response to environmental disaster, and ancient imperialism. She is the associate director of excavations at Tell Leilan, Syria (ancient Shehna/Shubat-Enlil), where she has excavated since 1999. This was one of the largest ancient cities in Northern Mesopotamia, and the short-lived capital of the Kingdom of Upper Mesopotamia during the 18th century B.C. She is also co-director of the Naxcivan Archaeological Project in Naxcivan, Azerbaijan, a combined survey and excavation project.
"Last Day at Hasanlu: An Iron Age City Frozen in Time," with K.Burge. Expedition 60, pp.75-81 (2018).
Translation: Azerbaycan tarixi: numizmatik materiallar asasinda, by A. Seyidov, A. Quliyev, and R. Rzayev, (Baku: Azerbaycan Mili Elmer Akadmiyasi). (2017).
"Illuminating a Dark Age: New Work at Satu Qala, Iraq." with C. Pappi. Expedition 55, pp.8-9 (2014).