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Nagel, Alexander

Staff of National Museum of Natural History

Humanities, Cultural & Natural Heritage Preservation, Ancient Iran, especially Achaemenid and Sasanian Persian Material Culture and Archaeology, Persepolis, Susa, Greek, Roman and South Arabian Material Culture and Archaeology, Ancient Ceramics, Polychromy and Conservation Studies, Archaeometry, Provenance Research, Plaster Casts and Creation and Development of Antiquities Collections in Washington D.C.

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Professional Biography

  • I am actively involved in the research and publication of materials from fieldwork in Greece (Aitoloakarnania) and Iran (Persepolis, Susa, Pasargadae). My main research interests include the legacy of ancient materials from these sites and regions, the archaeology and legacies of ancient Old World sites, the history and development of modern polychromy studies and the role of surface decorations and paint on monuments in the Achaemenid Persian Empire (c. 520-330 BCE) and the ancient world in general, ceramic containers, coroplastic industries and technologies in ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, beyond the Zagros Mountains, and materials which have been excavated in South Arabia (Yemen). In Washington, D.C., I curated a number of exhibitions and research projects, and I am writing and teaching about the reception of ancient cultures in the New World.