David Stronach (1931-2020)

Monday, June 29, 2020

We are saddened to report the passing of our beloved colleague and friend, David Stronach, who died on June 27, 2020. 

David was a professor at UC Berkeley and a member of AHMA from 1981 until his retirement in 2004. He was a giant in the field of Achaemenid studies, responsible for several foundational works, including his definitive excavations at Pasargadae in the early 1960s (which, among other things, positively identified the tomb of Cyrus at the site). He later served as the Director of the British Institute of Persian Studies in Tehran, and in the 1990s conducted several important excavations at Nineveh. In 2004 he received the Archaeological Institute of America's Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement. An interview on his life and career can be read here.

David's home department at Berkeley, Near Eastern Studies, has written a moving memorial.

David was a stalwart member of the AHMA community, valued as much for his warmth and kindness as for his scholarship and teaching. He will be dearly missed.