Genius Grant Awarded For Research Into Ancient Cities
"Algaze, 48, chair of the UCSD Department of Anthropology, is widely recognized for developing new approaches to understanding origins and society in early cities. His extensive work in southeastern Turkey and the Mesopotamian area of the Middle East has produced new data about economics, politics, culture and everyday life, including evidence of early urban planning and substantial trading activity from cities that existed nearly 5,000 years ago... The $500,000 'genius' grant was awarded with no strings attached."
Thanks to Chris Steins