Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati is Professor Emerita in the Department of Art, California State University, Los Angeles where she taught ancient art and archaeology. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute. She is currently the Director of the Mozan/Urkesh Archaeological Project and Visiting Professor at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA. Her research interests include the archaeology of Syro-Mesopotamia and connections with Eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus region. Her publications have focused on site reports of the Mozan/Urkesh excavations, many jointly with her husbasnd Giorgio Buccellati. Her other publications include studies on ritual, ceramics and seal iconography. Previously she has excavated in Turkey (Korucutepe), Iraq (Nippur), and southeastern Syria (Terqa and Qraya). Her current research is on a large publication of the Mozan/Urkesh ceramics and seals. She has lectured extensively, recently in Venice, Florence, Turin, Rome, Berlin and Moscow.