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Charles A. Burney

Charles A. Burney British archaeologist

British archaeologist
Charles A. Burney
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Intro British archaeologist
Is Archaeologist
From United Kingdom
Type Social science
Gender male
Birth 1930
Age: 90 years
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Biography

Charles Allen Burney (born 1930) is a British archaeologist known for his rediscovery of the Kingdom of Urartu in Anatolia in the 1950s and his excavations at Yanik Tepe, Tabriz, Iran from 1960 to 1962.

Early life

Burney was born in 1930 and educated at Eton College and King's College, University of Cambridge.

Career

Burney was a scholar and fellow of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara from 1954-56 when he carried out archaeological investigations in Turkey and later in Iran. He is particularly known for his rediscovery of the Kingdom of Urartu in Anatolia in the 1950s and his excavations at Yanik Tepe, Tabriz, Iran from 1960 to 1962. Yanik Tepe is a multiā€period site northwest of Lake Urmia with nine phases, including some of the earliest settlements in the region. A collection of studies in his honour, A View from the Highlands &c., was published by Peeters in 2004. Burney has contributed articles to Anatolian Studies and Iran. He was senior lecturer at the University of Manchester.

Selected publications

  • The peoples of the hills: Ancient Ararat and Caucasus. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1971. (With David Marshall Lang) (History of Civilization)
  • From village to empire: An introduction to Near Eastern Archaeology. Phaidon, Oxford, 1997. ISBN 0714817309
  • Historical dictionary of the Hittites. Scarecrow Press, Lanham, 2004. ISBN 0810849364 (Historical dictionaries of ancient civilizations and historical eras, no. 14.) (Republished by Scarecro Press as The A to Z of the Hittites, 2010.)

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