Mahmoud Mardini joined the Cyprus Institute as a PhD student in October 2019 after receiving his MSc degree in Osteoarchaeology at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom, 2017) and his BA degree in Archaeology at the American University of Beirut (Lebanon, 2016).

Throughout his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Mahmoud has cultivated an extensive archaeological field work experience represented in over twelve excavations and four surveys in Lebanon. Shortly after his MSc and during his time at the University of Sheffield, Mahmoud gained laboratory and teaching experience by working as a laboratory assistant and demonstrator for a number of short courses and one MSc module. As an osteoarchaeologist and prior to joining the Cyprus Institute, Mahmoud worked with the Lebanese Department of Antiquities and the American University of Beirut on various human bone assemblages from Beirut, Byblos, Chekka, and Baalbek; temporally covering the Middle-Bronze Age up to the Roman Period. Also, as a zooarchaeologist, he analysed and studied two faunal assemblages from Beirut and Jabal Moussa. Mahmoud’s PhD project will be part of a comprehensive biocultural study aimed at exploring the life quality and social mobility of different populations across Lebanon during the classical era of Roman ‘Phoenicia’.