Charlotte Marie Cable

  • PhD, RPA
  • Co-Director, Bat Archaeological Project (BAP) -- Penn Museum
  • Field Director, Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Research Project (SHARP) -- University of New England, Australia
  • Consultant, World Monuments Fund
  • Consultant, Ministry of Heritage & Culture (Sultanate of Oman)


Twitter: AdventuresNArch

ORCID: 0000-0003-2199-9282; find me on Research Gate and Academia, too.  

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

    landscape studies
    mortuary analysis
    the Greater Near East (ancient and modern)
    settlement analysis and settlement ecology
    political economy and non-state societies
    resilience and persistence of non-state societies
    community-based archaeology
    international cultural resource management

Biographical Info

I am an anthropological archaeologist specializing in the Near (or Middle) East, where I have lived and worked since 2001. My research interests combine studies of the built environment, the mortuary realm, and the living landscape to understand social dynamics and organization within an ecological framework. In addition, I have worked in capacity building and outreach for several foreign governmental organizations in the Middle East and am currently a consultant for the World Monuments Fund and the Ministry of Heritage & Culture (Sultanate of Oman).

Currently I am engaged in fieldwork in Oman, where I co-direct research (survey, ethnography, excavations) at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Bat, Al-Khutm, and Al-Ayn. I am also co-authoring a book for the Archaeological Heritage of Oman series (Archaeopress) on the Third Millennium BCE towers of Oman, and preparing publications on previous research conducted there and at Suruq al-Hadid (Dubai, UAE).

As a Director of the Bat Archaeological Project I am actively seeking student (undergraduate and graduate/post-graduate) participants and researchers. If you have an interest in understanding Omani culture (ancient and modern) please contact me --- planning for our winter field seasons is ongoing.

Current Research Projects

Saruq al-Hadid Archaeological Research Project: analysis phase (post-fieldwork)
Bat Archaeological Project: data collection and analysis phases


Cable, C.M (2019). “Tombs in Time and Towers in Space: Making sense of the third millennium BC Hafit-Umm an-Nar transition.” In K. Williams and L. Gregoricka (eds.), Mortuary and Bioarchaeological Perspectives on Bronze Age Arabia, Pp. 108–120. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 9781683400790.
Weeks, L., C.M. Cable, S. Karacic, K. Franke, D. Price, C. Newton, J. Roberts, Y. Al Ali, M. Boraik, and H. Zein (2019). “Dating Persistent Short-term Human Activity in a Complex Depositional Environment: Late prehistoric occupation at Saruq al-Hadid, Dubai.” Radiocarbon. DOI: 10.1017/RDC.2019.39.
Cable, C.M., and S. Al-Jabri (2018). “The Wadi al-Hijr (Sultanate of Oman) in the Third Millennium BC.” Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy. DOI: 10.1111/aae.12119.
Weeks, L., C.M. Cable, K. Franke, C. Newton, S. Karacic, I. Stepanov, J. Roberts, H. David-Cuny, R.M. Bukhash, M.B.R. Karim, and H. Zein. “Recent Research at the Site of Saruq al-Hadid, Dubai, U.A.E.Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 28:31–60. DOI: 10.1111/aae.12082.
Thornton, C., C.M. Cable, and G.L. Possehl (eds.) (2016). The Bronze Age Towers at Bat, Sultanate of Oman: Research by the American Expedition at Bat, 2007–2012. University Museum Monographs 143. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Cable, C., and C. Thornton (2013). “Monumentality and the Third Millennium ‘Towers’ of the Oman Peninsula.” In Connections and Complexity: New approaches to the archaeology of South and Central Asia, edited by S. Abraham, P. Gullapalli, T. Raczek, and U. Rizvi. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.
Cable, Charlotte Marie (2012). A Multitude of Monuments: Finding and defending access to resources in 3rd Millennium BC Oman. PhD Dissertation, Department of Anthropology, Michigan State University.
Thornton, C. P., C. M. Cable, and G. L. Possehl (2012). “Three Seasons at Kasr al-Khafaji (Tower 1146), Bat, Oman.” In Studies in South Asian Archaeology (Ravenna): Proceedings of the Nineteenth International Conference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeologist, Ravenna, 2-6 July 2007, edited by M. Tosi.
Possehl, G., C. Thornton, and C. Cable (2011). Bat 2011: A report from the American Team for the Ministry of Heritage and Culture.  Manuscript on file, Ministry of Heritage & Culture, Muscat, Oman, and at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Dept. of Anthropology