Cynthia Finlayson

Current Courses

​​Anthr 314 (Museum Registration & Ethics​)
Anthr 379 (Archeology of Islam)
Anthr 454 ​(Field School Prep)
Anthr 525 (Museum Reg & Collectns Mgt)
Anthr 590R (Special Topics)

Education

PhD, University of Iowa, 1998
MA, George Washington University, 1984
BA, George Washington University, 1974

Research Interest

Dr. Finlayson has extensive archaeological excavation and cultural heritage site development experience in Syria and Jordan. She is the current director of the Ad-Deir Monument and Plateau Project in Petra, Jordan and acting director of the Syro-American expeditions to both Palmyra and Apamea. At Apamea she directs the excavation and restoration of the Great Roman Theater of Apamea, that vies with the Large Theater at Ephesus for the title of largest extant Roman theater in the world.

Selected Publications

​2013 Cynthia Finlayson. "New Perspectives on the Ritual and Cultic Importance of Women at Palmyra and Dura Europos: Processions and Temples." In, Annual of the Archaeological Institute of the University of Warsaw, Poland. (Peer Reviewed for one of the important international journals dealing with archaeological excavations at Palmyra, Syria). (24 pp.)

2012 Cynthia Finlayson. "New Excavations and a Re-examination of the Great Roman theater at Apamea, Syria, Seasons I-III (2008-2010)." In, American Journal of Archaeology/AJA. Naomi Norman, editor. (Extensively peer reviewed for one of the top tier archaeology journals in the nation and internationally). (43 pp.)

2010 Cynthia Finlayson. Explorations in the Azem Palace: A Museum Guidebook (in both English and Arabic) (Damascus: Syrian Department of Antiquities Publications, 2010). (Extensively Peer Reviewed by four levels of jurors including Ph.D. experts in syrian history and ethnography, Baa'thist government political clearance, religious experts from the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, and Arabic translation review). (120 pp.)

2010 Donna K. Beattie (Museum Education) and Cynthia Finlayson (Ethnography). Exploarations in the Azem Palace: A Guidebook on Islamic & Damascene Art & Architecture for Students (Damascus: Syrian Department of Antiquities Publications, 2010). Extensively peer reviewed by four levels of jurors including Ph.D. experts in Syrian history and ethnography, Baa'thist governm,ent political clearance, reviewed by religious experts from the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, and Arabic translation review). This is the first time in the history of museums in Syria as well as in public education that a students' museum guidebook has been developed and published in English. (72 pp.)

2010 Donna K. Beattie (Museum Education) and Cynthia Finlayson (Ethnography). Al-ta'rif illa Qasr al-'thm: daleel al-thalab lilta-rif illaalfnoon wa l'marah islameeah wa lidmashqeeah (Damascus: Syrian Department of Antiquities Publications, 2010). Extensively peer reviewed by four levels of jurors including Ph.D. experts in Syrian history and ethnography, Baa'thist governm,ent political clearance, reviewed by religious experts from the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, and Arabic translation review). This is the first time in the history of museums in Syria as well as in public education that a students' museum guidebook has been developed and published in English. (72 pp.)​ ​ ​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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