Y-PYRO Director

Ellery Frahm, Ph.D.

ellery.frahm@yale.edupersonal website

Dr. Ellery Frahm is an archaeological scientist who teaches and conducts research in both the field and the laboratory. He has conducted and published research on four continents – Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America – spanning nearly half a million years of human history across the globe.

He studied Physics and Anthropology at Grinnell College, a liberal arts college in central Iowa. His Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Archaeological Studies at the University of Minnesota explored the Old Copper complex of the American Midwest, and his doctorate in Anthropology from the same institution examined trade in the Bronze Age Middle East. In addition, he managed the University of Minnesota's Electron Microprobe Lab, a state-of-the-art facility for microanalysis and electron microscopy that served faculty and students in the earth, environmental, and materials sciences.

As a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Sheffield in England, he developed scientific approaches to the study of Eastern Mediterranean material culture with the NARNIA (New Archaeological Research Network for Integrating Approaches) Project. Since 2010, his research has focused on the Caucasus, specifically Armenia and Georgia, although his other recent projects span from Minnesota and Oregon to Kenyan shores of Lake Victoria.

He has taught a range of interdisciplinary courses, from Anthropology of the Modern Middle East to Electron Microprobe Theory & Practice. At Yale, his courses include Geoarchaeology and Introduction to the Archaeological Sciences. He also works with undergraduate and graduate students on their projects, from the initial research design to presenting and publishing their findings.

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