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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Sydney

Dr Yasmina Wicks (PhD 2017, University of Sydney) is a specialist in the archaeology of the ancient Near East, with a particular interest in funerary practices and beliefs. She is a current Macquarie University postdoctoral research fellow (MQRF) and has held visiting postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, Sapienza University of Rome, and UCLouvain (Belgium). She has authored several articles and two books entitled Profiling Death. Neo-Elamite Mortuary Practices, Afterlife Beliefs, and Entanglements with Ancestors (2019, Brill, Leiden) and Bronze ‘Bathtub’ Coffins in the Context of 8th-6th Century B.C.E. Babylonian, Assyrian and Elamite Funerary Practices (2015, Archaeopress, Oxford). She acted as co-editor and contributor to the magisterial volume The Elamite World for the Routledge Worlds Series (2018, Francis & Taylor, London & New York) bringing together over 40 international scholars to offer an up-to-date treatment of the ancient Near Eastern civilisation of Elam. Yasmina is an International Committee Member and Reviewer for the French CNRS journal Abstracta Iranica, invited member of ISMEO (Istituto Italiano per l'Africa e l'Oriente, Rome), and Committee Member of Macquarie University’s Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment (CACHE).


  • –present
    Macquarie University Research Fellow, Macquarie University


  • 2017 
    The University of Sydney, PhD, Archaeology of the Ancient Near East