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Dr Michelle W. de Gruchy

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Archaeology
Room number: 001

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Ph.D. Durham University, 2017

M.A. Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, University College London, 2008

Hon.B.A. (Honours) Archaeology, minor Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto, 2006

Research Topic

I am a postdoctoral research assistant on the Climate, Landscape, Settlement and Society (CLaSS) Project: Exploring Human-Environmental Interaction in the Ancient Near East.

Research Groups

Department of Archaeology

  • Landscapes of Complex Society Research Group

Research Projects

Department of Geography

  • Fragile Crescent, The: Settlement Change during the Urban Transition

Research Interests

  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Late Prehistoric Middle East
  • Quantitative Route Analysis


Journal Article

  • de Gruchy, Michelle, Caswell, Edward & Edwards, James (2017). Velocity-Based Terrain Coefficients for Time-Based Models of Human Movement. Internet Archaeology (45).
  • de Gruchy, Michelle, Deckers, Katleen & Riehl, Simone (2016). A diachronic reconstruction of the Northern Mesopotamian landscape (4th to 2nd millennia BCE) from three separate sources of evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 8: 250-267.
  • de Gruchy, M. (2015). Beyond Replication: The Quantification of Route Models in the North Jazira, Iraq. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 23(2): 427-447.
  • Cunliffe, E., de Gruchy, M. & Stammitti, E. (2012). How to Build a Dam and Save Cultural Heritage. International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era 1(supplement 1): 221-226.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Cunliffe, E., de Gruchy, M. & Stammitti, E. (2012). Dam(ned) Archaeology. International Water Power & Dam Construction