Professor, Anthropology, Near East Language and Civilization, and Environmental Studies.
Phone: (203) 432-4080
Office: Kroon, 122
Professor Weiss' research interests include prehistoric and ancient Mesopotamia and Iran, early agriculture, cities and empires; Holocene paleoclimatology and environmental change. Additionally, Professor Weiss has been the Director since 1978 of the Tell Leilan Project (www.leilan.yale.edu), which has redefined the relationships between dynamic natural and social forces in the third millennium B.C. through excavation, GPS/GIS-implemented regional survey and paleoclimatology investigations at one of the largest archaeological sites in Syria. The project is now engaged in the retrieval and analysis of the Akkadian Palace, and its collapse (2200 BC), at Tell Leilan. Yale Tell Leilan Research volumes 3 and 4 are in preparation.
Weiss, H. 2014 Intermediate Bronze Age: Altered Trajectories, in Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant. Oxford Univ. Press. pp. 367-387.
Weiss, H. 2013, Tell Leilan and the Dynamics of Social and Environmental Forces across the Mesopotamian Dry-Farming Landscape, in D. Bonatz and L. Martin, eds., 100 Jahre archaologische Feldforschungen in Nordost-Syrien - eine Bilanz. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. pp. 101-117.
Weiss, H., et al., 2012 Tell Leilan Akkadian Imperialization, Collapse, and Short-Lived Reoccupation Defined by High-Resolution Radiocarbon Dating, in H. Weiss, ed., Seven Generations since the Fall of Akkad. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. pp. 163-192.
Weiss, H., 2012 Quantifying Collapse, in H. Weiss, ed., Seven Generations since the Fall of Akkad. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. pp. 1-24.
Kaniewski, D., E. van Campo and H. Weiss 2012 Drought is a recurring challenge in the Middle East, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109: 3862-3867