The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies is pleased to present Dr. Michael Danti, the Academic Director of the American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives, for the first annual Edward and Emily McWhinney Memorial Lecture. Dr. Danti's lecture is entitled, A Momentary Erasure of Millennia: The Cultural Heritage Crises in Syria and Iraq.
Dr. Michael Danti is an archaeologist with over 25 years experience directing archaeological programs in Syria, Iraq, and Iran. He has authored numerous works on the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East as well as cultural heritage management and cultural property protection. He currently serves as Academic Director of the American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives (CHI) established through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State in 2014. Danti also directs the Rowanduz Archaeological Program (RAP) in Iraqi Kurdistan, which includes archaeological excavations, surveys, and preservation initiatives in the Zagros Mountains of northeastern Erbil Province. RAP’s primary objectives are to document and preserve cultural resources in this virtually unexplored region along the Iraq-Iran border. Danti was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2011 and serves as a Consulting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Museum.