Ian Lindsay

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Ian Lindsay received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2006 and joined the Purdue University faculty in 2007.

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Anthropology // Faculty

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  • Office: STON 313
  • Office Phone: (765)-496-7254
  • Office Hours: Fall 2018 Wed. 4:00-5:00 pm, Fri. 3:00-4:00 pm or by appt.
  • E-mail: ilindsay@purdue.edu
  • Specialization

  • Origins of political complexity; ceramic analysis; landscapes as media for political authority; household archaeology; GIS and remote sensing; Caucasus


  • Positions at Purdue University

    2014 – present Associate Professor 
    2007 – 2014 Assistant Professor


    Prof. Lindsay’s research focuses on the origins of complex societies in the South Caucasus. He is co-director of an international collaborative expedition called Project ArAGATS, together with scholars from Cornell University, Stanford University, the University of Chicago and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the Republic of Armenia. Over the past 15 years, Prof. Lindsay’s research in the Tsaghkahovit Plain of northwestern Armenia has focused on domestic contexts at the base of Late Bronze Age hilltop fortresses, investigating the role of local communities in the creation of new sociopolitical institutions during the mid-2nd millennium BC. Most recently, he is initiating a survey project in the upper Kasakh River valley adjacent to the Tsaghkahovit Plain to study fortified landscapes during the Bronze and Iron Age periods as a means to better understand the shifting role of militarism and warfare in political subjectivity, social cohesion/fragmentation, and identity between the 3rd and 1st millennia BC. In this new phase of research, Dr. Lindsay is employing unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to generate detailed, high-resolution aerial images of the survey area, and to facilitate photogrammetric analysis of archaeological landscapes via 3D modeling and orthomosaic images.

    Prof. Lindsay is also president of the American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC), an independent not-for-profit organization fostering research collaborations in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.  

    Funding for Lindsay’s research has come from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Social Science Research Council’s Eurasia Program, and Purdue University.

    Recent Publications

    Badalyan, Ruben, Adam T. Smith, Ian Lindsay, Armine Harutyunyan, Alan Greene, Maureen Marshall, Belinda Monahan and Roman Hovsepyan
    In press   “A Preliminary Report on the 2008, 2010, and 2011 Investigations of Project ArAGATS on the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Republic of Armenia.” Archäologische Mitteilungen aus Iran und Turan.
    Lindsay, Ian, Jeffrey Leon, Adam T. Smith and Conner Wiktorowicz
    2014   "Geophysical Survey at Late Bronze Age Fortresses: Comparing Methods in Diverse Geological Contexts of Armenia." Antiquity 88: 578-595.
    Lindsay, Ian and Alan Greene
    2013   “Sovereignty, Mobility, and Political Cartographies in Late Bronze Age Southern Caucasia.” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 32(4): 691-712.
    Lindsay, Ian
    2012  Recent Methodological and Technical Advances in the Archaeology of Late Bronze Age Residential Complexes, Tsaghkahovit Plain. In Archaeology of Armenia in the Regional Context: Achievements and Perspectives, edited by Pavel Avetisyan and Arsen Bobokhyan, pp. 68-76. Yerevan: Gitutyun Publishing House.
    Greene, Alan and Ian Lindsay
    2012   “4 Mobility, Territorial Commitments, and Political Organization among Late Bronze Age Polities in Southern Caucasia.” Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 22(1): 54-71. doi: 10.1111/apaa.12003

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