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Antonietta Catanzariti is the Freer|Sackler Curatorial Fellow for the Ancient Near Eastern Art. She received her Ph.D. at the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She has collaborated in several archaeological missions in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. She is presently the director of the Qara Dagh Regional Archaeological Project (QDRAP), which aims to investigate and document the history of Qara Dagh Valley in Iraqi-Kurdistan. At the Freer|Sackler, she is conducting research on the ancient ceramic vessels and seals contained in the museum’s Near Eastern collection. She is interested in the study of past economies as understood from ancient material culture.