Humanities Research Fellow
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: Education: BA, The College of William and Mary; MA, NYU; PhD, NYU
Research Areas: Arabian archaeology; ancient landscapes; ceramics analysis
Eli Dollarhide is an archaeologist who specializes in the prehistory of the Gulf region. He received his PhD in anthropology from NYU in 2019 and is currently Research Fellow in the Humanities Research Fellowship for the Study of the Arab World at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Dollarhide co-directs archaeological research at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bat, Oman, which is home to one of the world’s most complete collections of tombs and settlements from the 3rd millennium BC. His research uses artifacts, architecture, and environmental data to reconstruct Bronze Age patterns of exchange within southeastern Arabia and across the ancient Middle East. He previously directed a National Geographic Society-sponsored archaeological survey around Bat that resulted in the discovery of over 400 sites. His research interests include the social construction of landscape, geospatial techniques in archaeology, the analysis of ancient ceramics, and the development of urbanism in the Middle East. At NYUAD, he is continuing excavations in Oman and completing a book on the Bat landscape.