The 60th Birth Anniversary of Ian Hodder
© 2008-2009 International Institute of Anthropology
Last updated: 2-22-09
Ian Hodder is Dunlevie Family Professor at Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
23rd of November 2008
   The field and scholar achievements  define Professor Ian Hodder as
one of the most influential contemporary anthropologists in the world
who has been gradually changing the understanding of archaeology by
integrating this scholar discipline with humanity and public in a unique
Paul Munson describes Ian Hodder as "a tall, slender, blond haired man
of fifty with a youthful appearance" (
external link). I met Ian Hodder two
times in my life - in later 1990s at the University of California, Berkeley,
CA, and at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society of American
Archaeology in Salt Lake City, Utah (2005). My impression is that he is
self-effacing and extraordinary nice personality. Also, in my research I
always refer to his works as some of the most important books written on
Lolita Nikolova, PhD

International Institute of Anthropology, Salt Lake City, Utah, in
collaboration with Stratum, Chisinau, Moldova, is publishing a special
Anniversary issue of Reports of Prehistoric Research Projects to express
the anthropologists' gratitude to the teacher, scholar and friend Ian
Hodder and to wish him new essential contributions in the field of
archaeoanthropology - both in the field and in his writings.
The hard copy of
RPRP 9  will be available on the 1st of January 2009
from the
Library of the International Institute of Anthropology and at
The featured author in RPRP 9 is
Stella Souvatzi, a student of Ian Hodder,
who wrote for RPRP the following:
"The origins of the book “
A Social Archaeology of Households in
Neolithic Greece. An Anthropological Approach”  lie in 1993, when as a
doctoral researcher at the Cambridge Department of Archaeology I first
encountered, and decided to face up to, the challenge of the household. I
also first encountered Ian Hodder. My admiration for his work brought me
from Greece to Cambridge, where I found that he was even more
admirable as a Supervisor and as a person: very perceptive, very
understanding, very supportive, very kind, and, perhaps best of all,
always there. He has been a constant inspiration and never allowed me to
lose perspective, especially during those times when I have found my
subject frustratingly difficult and have felt my determination failing. His
faithful reading and his encouragement helped me to develop the work
which has led to this volume. Although neither Ian nor I are in Cambridge
anymore, we have maintained a warm contact, I daresay a friendship,
invaluable to me (a highlight being the pleasure of having the Hodder
family staying in my place when they visited Athens a few years ago),
which I believe we will never lose."

Internal link:

Household archaeology

Archaeologists as people:
Ian Hodder

External links:

Ian Hodder at

University of Stanford - Ian

Ian Hodder at Wikipedia

Biography of Ian Hodder by
Paul Munson

Catal Hoyuk: official website

Catal Hoyuk team

Çatal Höyük Project

Catal Höyük Project at
Stella Souvatzi, a student of Ian Hodder, at the International Workshop
on Symbolic Systems of Communication, Karlovo, 14-20 April 2002)
(first right). The Symposium was organized with a grant of European
Science Foundation, Strasbourg, France.
Çatal Höyük Relief of two lionesses facing
each other (from Wikipedia)
The book by Ian Hodder "The Leopard's Tale:
Revealing the Mysteries of Catalhoyuk" is
available at
During the last years Ian Hodder
in the Main Director of the
archaeological excavations at
Çatal Höyük exploring the
beginning of our civilization
Official website of Çatal Höyük
with 2008 updates at
Books by Ian Hodder:
(With Scott Hutson)
One of the most
cited books in
anthropology and
a classic work by
Ian Hodder
Çatal Höyük. Overview of Building 56, Space 122
(excavation 2006) (from
Çatal Höyük. 2006 (from
The clay stamp seals became a cross-cultural
icon in Anatolian-Southeast European Neolithic.
Çatal Höyük. 2006 (from
The burials are among the most popular findings at
Çatal Höyük.
© 2008 International Institute of Anthropology. Created November 23rd, 2008 by Lolita Nikolova, PhD
RPRP 9 Special Issue
Arek Marciniak is a student of
Ian Hodder who has been
working with him at Çatal Höyük.
A monograph by Arkadiusz Marciniak
The first
monograph on
household in
Southeast Europe
Author: Stella
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