Kathleen Bennallack is an anthropological archaeologist who studies the Neolithic period (c. 11,000-6,000 BP) in the Near East generally, and southern Jordan in particular. She received her B.A. in Literature/Writing from UCSD in 2007 and her M.A. in Anthropology in 2012.
Her interests include how people traded and used copper before metal was 'officially' invented, landscape and settlement archaeology, architecture, desertification and shifts in living strategies, and the difficulties of identifying public, household, and ritual in early societies (if such categories even exist.) She also works with various micro-analysis technologies (XRF, FTIR, and SEM) and thinks stone tools are much more interesting that she expected. She has worked in Jordan since 2006.