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Thematic priorities

Migration, Identity and Material culture, Social Boundaries, Cultural Transformation, Social Networks and Exchange, Chalcolithic and Bronze Age of the Near East


Regional priorities

Iran, Southern Caucasus



  • 2011-2016
    Goethe University of Frankfurt. PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology.
  • 2006-2007 to 2009-2010
    University of Tehran, Archaeology (Master), Awarded with honor.
  • 2001-2002 to 2005
    University of Tehran, Archaeology (Bachelor).


Professional activities

  • 2023
    DFG project (Eigene Stelle); Becoming resilient in the Urmia Plain
  • 2018
    Lecturer at Near Eastern Archaeology department- Goethe university of Frankfurt
  • 2017-2019
    President of Society for Iranian Archaeology
  • 2019-2022
    DFG project (eigene Stelle): Becoming resilient in diaspora; The Kura-Araxes cultural tradition of Iran, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt



  • 2019
    Department research grant from Enki e. V Association, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 2013
    Department research grant from Enki e. V Association, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 2011-2014
    Doctoral degree full fellowship and Research grant from The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany.
  • 2011
    Study grant for German language in Goethe Institute from The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany.
  • 2006
    Research grant, Department of Archaeology, Tehran University, Iran.



  • 2019-2022
    Becoming resilient in diaspora; The Kura-Araxes cultural tradition of Iran Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG Priority program 2176: The Iranian highlands: Resiliencies and integration in pre-modern societies)
  • 2019
    Tappeh Balu Project, Director (ICAR/Goethe University of Frankfurt)
  • 2014
    Archaeological Project of the Araxes Valley-Iran, Director (ICAR/Goethe University of Frankfurt)
  • 2010
    Co-director of Qazvin Urban Archaeology project (By Qazvin Cultural Heritage Organization), Iran (With Solmaz Azarkia).
  • 2009
    Consultant for Documentation of Meymand World Heritage Site, Iran Cultural   Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (ICHHTO).
  • 2006
    Managing Yazd Museum collection data and providing Database. Yazd branch of the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (Team member).
  • 2005-2007
    Study of the Haftavan Tepe pottery assemblages, Western Azerbaijan province, Northwest Iran project, Iranian Centre for Archaeological Research/British Institute of Persian Studies (Team member).


Professional Associations and Activities

  • 2023-present
    European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)

  • 2017-2019
    President of Society for Iranian Archaeology (SIA).
  • 2012-2014.
    Member of the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC).
  • 2011-present
    Members of the board of founders, Society for Iranian Archaeology (SIA).
  • 2011-present
    Goethe Research Academy for Early Career Researchers (GRADE) der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main


Book chapters

  • 2023
    Evaluation of the Kura-Araxes Migration; from a mono-factorial phantasm to a multi-dimensional phenomenon, in Paradise Lost: The Phenomenon of the Kura-Araxes Tradition along the Fertile Crescent Collection of Papers Honouring Ruben S. Badalyan on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday, edited by P. Avetisyan, Arsen Bobokhyan. Y. Grekyan. Oxford: Archaeopress.
  • 2023
    Resilience in Practice; A View from The Kura-Araxes Cultural Tradition in Iran, In Coming to Terms with the Future: Concepts of Resilience for the Study of Premodern Societies, edited by Susan Pollock, Reinhard Bernbeck, Gisela Eberhardt. Stoneline.
  • 2019
    “Iran and the Kura-Araxes Cultural Tradition; So Near and Yet So Far”, in  The Iranian Plateau during the Bronze Age. Development of Urbanisation, Production and Trade. Edited by Jan-Waalke Meyer, Emmanuelle Vila, Marjan Mashkour, Michèle Casanova, Régis Vallet (Eds). Archéologie(s), 1, MOM Éditions. Lyon.
  • 2019
    The Political management and spatial planning of the southern part of the Araxes River basin in the Arsacid period, Yadegarnameh, papers in honor of Mehdi Rahbar. ICAR. Iran. (2019)


Articles (* peer-reviewed)

  • 2021*
    Kohne Tepesi: A Kura-Araxes and Parthian settlement in the Araxes River basin, Northwest Iran, Journal of Iran National Museum, Vol 2.1:75-100.
  • 2021*
    Geographical proximity and material culture; the interplay between Syunik and the southern part of the Araxes River basin in the 6th to the 3rd millennium BC. Quaternary International 579: 42-58.
  • 2021*
    K.Alizadeh, M. R. Mohammadi, S. Maziar, M. Feizkhah
    The Islamic conquest or flooding? Sasanian settlements and irrigation systems collapse in Mughan, Iranian Azerbaijan, Journal of field archaeology 46,5: 316-332.
  • 2020*
    Zalaghi, A. and Maziar, S.
    Byzantine Coin from Kohne Tepesi, Northwestern Iran, Journal of Iran National Museum, vol 1.1: 187-192.
  • 2020
    Sepideh Maziar, Ali Zalaghi.
    “Exploring beyond the river and inside the valleys; settlement development and cultural landscape of the Araxes River basin through time”, Iran.
    DOI: 10.1080/05786967.2019.1708207
  • 2019*
    Laurent A. F. Frantz, James Haile, Audrey T. Lin, Amelie Scheu, Christina Geörg, Norbert Benecke…., Sepideh Maziar,… Linus Girdland-Flink, and Greger Larson “Ancient pigs reveal a near-complete genomic turnover following their introduction to Europe”, PNAS (
  • 2018*
    K. Daly, P. Delser, V. E. Mullin…, Sepideh Maziar…. M. Mashkour, D. Bradley.
    “Ancient goat genomes reveal mosaic domestication in the Fertile Crescent”, Science 361: 85-88.
  • 2018*
    Alizadeh, K, Maziar, S., Mohammadi, M.
    “The End of the Kura-Araxes “Culture” as Seen from Nadir Tepesi in Iranian Azerbaijan”, American Journal of Archaeology 122.3: 463-77.
  • 2017*
    “Uruk and the Kura-Araxes; Cultural and political interactions in Iran”, Archaeological studies 9.1: 211-231(University of Tehran. In Persian with English abstract).
  • 2017*
    Sepideh Maziar, Michael D. Glascock.
    “Communication Networks and Economical Interactions; Araxes Valley Obsidian Sourcing”, Journal of Archaeological science: Report 14: 31-37.
  • 2015*
    “Settlement Dynamics of Kura-Araxes Culture; an Overview of the Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age in the Khoda Afarin Plain, Northwest Iran”, Paleorient 41.1: 25-36.
  • 2013*
    “Southern Part of Araxes Valley in 4th and 3rd Millennium; based on archaeological findings of Kohne Pasgah Tpesi”, Iranian Archaeology 3 (in Persian with English abstract).
  • 2010*
    “Excavations at Kohne Pasgah Tepesi, the Araxes Valley, NW Iran: First Preliminary Report”, Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Studies 47: 165-193.


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