Harvey Weiss is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology and Environmental Studies and director of the Yale University Tell Leilan Project, Syria (1978–present), a long term interdisciplinary archaeological project centered upon the rain-fed, high cereal yield, Habur Plains of northeastern Syria. Weiss’s research focuses on the origins of Mesopotamian cities, states and empires, their collapses, and the intersection of dynamic environmental and social forces in late prehistoric and early historic Mesopotamia. High-resolution dating of third millennium settlement dynamics and paleoclimate proxies for the 4.2–3.9 ka BP abrupt climate change tops his present research agenda. He teaches “Global Environmental History,” “Collapse,” and “Agriculture,” in the Environmental Studies and Archaeological Studies Programs.
2013 “Altered Trajectories,” in Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant. Oxford University Press. Pp. 367-387.
2012 “Quantifying Collapse: The Late third Millennium BC,” in H. Weiss, ed., Seven Generations Since the Fall of Akkad. H. Weiss, ed. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. Pp. 1–24.
2012 “Tell Leilan Akkadian Imperialization, Collapse and Short-Lived Reoccupation Defined by High-Resolution Radiocarbon Dating,” in H. Weiss, ed., Seven Generations Since the Fall of Akkad. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. Pp. 163–192 (with 8 others).
2012 “Drought is a recurring challenge in the Middle East,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sciences 109: 3862–3867 (with D. Kaniewski and E. van Campo).