“Khirbat Iskandar Expedition”
Bert and Sally de Vries Fellowship, 2022 – 2023
University of Toronto
Near and Middle Easter Civilizations
Tucker was first introduced to the archaeology of the Southern Levant during a 2013 field school at Khirbat Iskandar while an undergraduate student at Dickinson College. Tucker continued to participate on the project while honing in on her area of interest; landscape archaeology and GIS. She received her Master’s in Landscape Archaeology and Spatial Technology from the University of Oxford in 2016 after which she worked as a field director for cultural resource management firms in the US Southwest until 2021. Tucker decided she wanted to continue learning about landscape and GIS applications in the Near East and thus began a PhD program at the University of Toronto in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, focusing on the Early Bronze Age of the Southern Levant. She is working to develop a dissertation project in which she integrates theoretical and practical methods of landscape analysis to investigate how people formed relationships with their surroundings and how these relationships may have been represented through outward expressions of social memory. Tucker is specifically curious about the EB III-IV and what social and spatial interactions might tell us about how sites like Khirbat Iskandar were maintained during a period of generally-recognized change.