Gil Breger

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Student, Near Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley

CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Designated Emphasis in STS
Affiliation period: January 2017 -

gilbreger@berkeley.edu

Advisor(s)Francesca Rochberg
Degrees MA in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures (Summa Cum Laude) :: Tel Aviv University, Israel (2014)
BA in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, and East Asian Studies (Magna Cum Laude) :: Tel Aviv University, Israel (2009)
Research Areas

My research focuses on Babylonian astronomy of the first millennium BCE, and the intersection between the practice of astronomy and its place in society. My dissertation examines a particular group of stars singled out by the Babylonians, which were employed as a time-reckoning device.

I received a B.A and an M.A. in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures from Tel Aviv University, Israel. I also received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from the same institution. While most of my studies focused on the languages and civilizations of the Ancient Near East, I also participated in numerous archaeological excavations all over Israel, directing several of them. Coming from an earlier computer programming background, I am also exploring diverse uses of Digital Humanities in facilitating and enhancing research in Assyriology and History.

last updated: March 3rd, 2017