Tiffany Earley-Spadoni

Tiffany Earley-Spadoni, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from The Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

Ancient Near East, Digital History, Landscape Archaeology, Geospatial Technologies

Recent Research Activities

Tiffany Earley-Spadoni’s research consists of spatially-oriented investigations of expansionary state development in the ancient Near East. She develops computational models that elucidate how spatial organization both reflects historical change as well as, in certain circumstances, promotes it. Her current archaeological field project in the Vayots Dzor region of Armenia explores ancient fortress landscapes, focusing on the development of social processes such as warfare and non-urban complex state formation. The emergence of the world’s earliest communication networks—e.g. fire beacons—has been a particular emphasis of her research to-date. Her previous fieldwork includes projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Italy and Turkey.

Selected Publications


  • Forthcoming Earley-Spadoni, T. Landscapes of Warfare: Urartu and Assyria in the Ancient Middle East. University Press of Colorado, Spring 2023. 


  • Earley-Spadoni, T. and Harrower, M. “Spatial Archaeology: Mapping the Ancient Past with the Humanities and the Sciences,” International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 14(1-2):176–196.
  • Cobb, P. J., Earley-Spadoni, T., & Dames, P. (2019). Centimeter-Level Recording for All: Field Experimentation with New, Affordable Geolocation Technology. Advances in Archaeological Practice, 7(3).
  • Earley-Spadoni, T., Petrosyan, A., & Gasparyan, B. (2019). Danger along the high road: report from the 2017 field season of the Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project (VDFLP), Armenia. AJNES, XIII(I), 59–80.
  • Earley-Spadoni, Tiffany. “Spatial History, Deep Mapping and Digital Storytelling: Archaeology’s Future Imagined through an Engagement with the Digital Humanities.” Journal of Archaeological Science 84 (2017) 95-102 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2017.05.003).
  • Earley-Spadoni, Tiffany. "Landscapes of Warfare: Intervisibility Analysis of Early Iron and Urartian Fire Beacon Stations (Armenia)." Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 3 (2015): 22-30.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Forthcoming Earley-Spadoni, T. Expected 2022. Danger in the Mesopotamian Night: Mitigating Peril in the Heartland of Cities.” In After Dark: The Nocturnal Landscape and Lightscape of Ancient Cities, edited by Nancy Gonlin and Meghan Strong. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
  • Forthcoming

    Earley-Spadoni, T. Expected 2021. “Fortresses as Communication Networks in the Ancient Near East.” In Global Perspectives to Landscapes of Warfare, edited by Hugo C. Ikehara Tsukayama and Juan Carlos Vargas Ruiz. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.


2018 American Institute of the South Caucasus Cultural Heritage Management Fellow

2018 Pauley Travel Award

2017 Pauley Travel Award

2016-2017 American Schools of Oriental Research Mesopotamian Fellowship


Director of the Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project

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Director of the Infinite Armenias Project

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No courses found for Fall 2022.

No courses found for Summer 2022.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11386 ASH3200 Anc Near Eastern Societies Web-Based (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
10996 ASH3204 History of Mesopotamia Web-Based (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
19426 HIS4166 Spatial Hist Dgtl Storytelling Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) W 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: Nov 3, 2021