Paul Zimansky is Associate Professor in the Department of Archeology at Boston University, where he has taught since 1983. He is presently a Visiting Professor of Ancient History at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and conducted excavations at Nippur (Iraq), Bastam (Iran), Ain Dara (Syria), and Tell Hamide in northern Iraq. He served as co-director of the Tell Abu Dawari project in Southern Iraq. Most recently he has directed excavations at the Urartian site of Ayanis near the city of Van in eastern Asia Minor. He is the author of Ecology and Empire: The Structure of the Urartian State (1985) and the recently published chapter “An Urartian Ozymandias,” in Across the Anatolian Plateau: Readings in the Archaeology of Ancient Turkey (2002).