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Brett Kaufman

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4043 Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics Building
707 S Mathews Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

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Assistant Professor

Biography

Brett Kaufman joined the faculty at Illinois in 2018. He is an archaeologist specializing in the Mediterranean and Near East with a focus on Phoenicians and Carthage, archaeometallurgy and ancient engineering and design, the formation and maintenance of sociopolitical hierarchy and the origins of popular government, reconstructing long term ecological management strategies of ancient and historical societies, and Semitic languages. He has directed or supervised archaeological excavations in Tunisia, China, Italy, Israel, and New York. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and the Getty Research Institute.

He received a BA from Brandeis University, and a MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to joining UIUC Classics, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University, and a faculty appointment at the University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB) where he maintains an affiliation.

Selected publications:

2021 Kaufman, Brett, Hans Barnard, Ali Drine, Rayed Khedher, Alan Farahani, Sami Ben Tahar, Elyssa Jerray, Brian N. Damiata, Megan Daniels, Thomas Fenn, Victoria Moses. "Quantifying Surplus and Sustainability in the Archaeological Record at the Carthaginian-Roman Urban Mound of Zita, Tripolitania". Current Anthropology 62(4): 484-497.

2021 Chattopadhyay, Abhiroop, and Brett Kaufman. “Archimedean Principles and Mathematical Heritage: A Synthesis”. Axiomathes 31: 145-155.

2019 Kaufman, Brett, Roald Docter, David A. Scott, Fethi Chelbi, Boutheina Maraoui Telmini. "Differential Access to Metal Wealth from Colony to Capital to Collapse at Phoenician and Punic Carthage: Non-Ferrous Alloys and Minerals from the Bir Massouda Site". Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 11: 4075-4101.

2019 Johnston, Philip Andrew, and Brett Kaufman. "Metallurgy and Other Technologies". In The Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean, eds. Carolina López-Ruiz and Brian R. Doak. Oxford University Press, pp. 401-422.

2018 Kaufman, Brett. "Anthropology of Metallurgical Design: A Survey of Metallurgical Traditions from Hominin Evolution to the Industrial Revolution". In Metallurgical Design and Industry: Prehistory to the Space Age, eds. Clyde Briant and Brett Kaufman. Springer, pp. 1-70.

2018 KaufmanBrett, Chris Kelly, and Richard S. Vachula. "Paleoenvironment and Archaeology Serve as Cautionary Tales for Climate Policymakers". Geographical Bulletin 59(1): 5-24.

2018 Kaufman, Brett, Davide Zori, Aaron A. Burke, Martin Peilstöcker. "Archaeometallurgical Analysis of Maritime Steel Nails from Crusader Jaffa, ca. 13th Century AD". Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry 18(2): 67-86.

2017 Kaufman, Brett. "Political Economy of Carthage: The Carthaginian Constitution as Reconstructed through Archaeology, Historical Texts, and Epigraphy". In Bridging Times and Spaces: Papers in Ancient Near Eastern, Mediterranean, and Armenian Studies, Festschrift in Honour of Gregory E. Areshian on the Occasion of His Sixty-Fifth Birthday, eds. Pavel S. Avetisyan and Yervand H. Grekyan. Archaeopress, Oxford, pp. 201-213.

2016 Kaufman, Brett, Roald Docter, Christian Fischer, Fethi Chelbi, Boutheina Maraoui Telmini. "Ferrous Metallurgy from the Bir Massouda Metallurgical Precinct at Phoenician and Punic Carthage and the Beginning of the North African Iron Age". Journal of Archaeological Science 71: 33-50.

2015 Kaufman, Brett, and David A. Scott. "Fuel Efficiency of Ancient Copper Alloys: Theoretical Melting Thermodynamics of Copper, Tin, and Arsenical Copper and Timber Conservation in the Bronze Age Levant". Archaeometry 57(6): 1009-1024.

2013 Kaufman, Brett. "Copper Alloys from the ‘Enot Shuni Cemetery and the Origins of Bronze Metallurgy in the Levant". Archaeometry 55(4): 663-690.

2011 Kaufman, Brett. "Metallurgy and Ecological Change in the Ancient Near East". Backdirt: Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA: 86-92.

2009 Kaufman, Brett. "A Citizen of Tyre in Sabratha: Colonial Identity in Punic North Africa". MAARAV: A Journal for the Study of the Northwest Semitic Languages and Literatures 16(1): 39-48.

 

Courses Taught

CLCV 131 - Archaeology of Greece

CLCV 133 - Archaeology of Israel

CLCV 220 - North Africa from Prehistory to the Arab Spring

CLCV 230 - Ancient Engineering

CLCV 231 - Development of Ancient Cities

CLCV 444 - Archaeology of Italy

 

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Assistant Professor, Materials Research Lab
Assistant Professor, Program in Medieval Studies
Assistant Professor, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

Highlighted Publications

Kaufman, B., & Briant, C. L. (Eds.) (2018). Metallurgical Design and Industry: Prehistory to the Space Age. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93755-7

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Recent Publications

Sun, Z., Liu, S., Zhang, J., Chen, K., & Kaufman, B. (2023). Resolving the complex mixing history of ancient Chinese bronzes by Manifold Learning and a Bayesian Mixing Model. Journal of Archaeological Science, 151, Article 105728. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jas.2023.105728

Berger, E., Brunson, K., Kaufman, B., Lee, G. A., Liu, X., Sebillaud, P., Storozum, M., Barton, L., Eng, J., Feinman, G., Flad, R., Garvie-Lok, S., Hrivnyak, M., Lander, B., Merrett, D. C., & Ye, W. (2021). Human adaptation to Holocene environments: Perspectives and promise from China. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 63, Article 101326. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2021.101326

Chattopadhyay, A., & Kaufman, B. (2021). Archimedean Principles and Mathematical Heritage: A Synthesis. Axiomathes, 31(2), 145-155. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10516-020-09484-w

Kaufman, B., Barnard, H., Drine, A., Khedher, R., Farahani, A., Tahar, S. B., Jerray, E., Damiata, B. N., Daniels, M., Cerezo-Román, J., Fenn, T., & Moses, V. (2021). Quantifying surplus and sustainability in the archaeological record at the carthaginian-roman urban mound of zita, tripolitania. Current Anthropology, 62(4), 485-497. https://doi.org/10.1086/715275

Johnston, P. A., & Kaufman, B. (2019). Metallurgy and other Technologies. In B. R. Doak, & C. López-Ruiz (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean (pp. 400-422). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190499341.013.26

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