BackgroundI am a Lecturer in Archaeological Science at the Cranfield Forensic Institute. I received a BA in Physics at Swarthmore College, an MSc in Archaeological Science at the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Anthropology at Harvard University. My doctoral research focused on the spatial organization and technology of of copper and iron production in Colchis, the mythical home of the golden fleece in the Greek myth of Jason and the Argonauts, located on the eastern coast of the Black Sea.
My current research interests include the archaeology of technology and innovation, materials analysis, spatial analysis and landscape archaeology, and the archaeology of the ancient Near East.
Prior to joining the Cranfield Forensic Institute, I was a Departmental Lecturer in Archaeomaterials at the University of Oxford.
Research opportunitiesI welcome inquiries from students interested in both laboratory analysis and fieldwork experience. I have been involved with or directed field projects in Cyprus, Italy, Georgia, and Turkey, and have conducted laboratory research on materials from Armenia, Georgia, Iraq, Israel, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, and Turkmenistan. My analytical specialties encompass the chemical, mineralogical and microstructural analysis of inorganic materials, especially metals, ores, slags, ceramics, and glass.
My ongoing research projects explore how archaeological data, especially materials analysis and geospatial investigations, can illuminate the dynamics of technological innovation, economic organization, and social change. Many current research projects relate to metallurgical innovation in the Near East and the Caucasus during the Bronze and Iron Ages. I currently direct the project, Archaeological Research in Kvemo Kartli (Project ARKK), a field and laboratory initiative with the Georgian National Museum, which explores the intersection of social and technological change during Late Bronze and Early Iron Age (c.1500-500 BC).
Articles In Journals
- Erb-Satullo NL, Jachvliani D, Kakhiani K & Newman R (2020) Direct evidence for the co-manufacturing of early iron and copper-alloy artifacts in the Caucasus, Journal of Archaeological Science, 123 (November) Article No. 105220.
- Erb-Satullo NL, Gilmour BJJ & Khakhutaishvili N (2020) The metal behind the myths: iron metallurgy in the south-eastern Black Sea region, Antiquity, 94 (374) 401-419.
- Erb-Satullo NL, Jachvliani D, Kalayci T, Puturidze M & Simon K (2019) Investigating the spatial organisation of Bronze and Iron Age fortress complexes in the South Caucasus, Antiquity, 93 (368) 412-431.
- Erb-Satullo NL, Gilmour BJJ & Khakhutaishvili N (2017) Copper production landscapes of the South Caucasus, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 47 (September) 109-126.
- Erb-Satullo NL, Gilmour BJJ & Khakhutaishvilic N (2015) Crucible technologies in the Late Bronze–Early Iron Age South Caucasus: copper processing, tin bronze production, and the possibility of local tin ores, Journal of Archaeological Science, 61 (September) 260-276.