John Shannon

John Lafe Shannon is a first-year MA student studying the archaeology of the ancient Near East. In 2018, he received his BA in sociology from Saint Xavier University with minors in history, anthropology, and Middle Eastern studies. He has worked on excavations at Yangguanzhai in central China and at Kerkenes Dağ in Anatolia. John’s research interests include metallurgy, trade, and political economy in ancient Mesopotamia.