Dr. Yorke Rowan is a Senior Research Associate at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and a specialist in the Archaeology of the Southern Levant. He is trained as an anthropological archaeologist, with a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. As Director of the Galilee Prehistory Project, he explores the Chalcolithic Period, and as Co-Director of the Eastern Badia archaeological Project he is working on recording and excavating sites in the Black Desert of Jordan. His previous works cover the archaeology of religion and ritual as well as the Chalcolithic period. Dr. Rowan is currently preparing a monograph on his work on the first phase of the Galilee Prehistory Project.