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Dr COBB, Peter J.

Dr COBB, Peter J.

Joint Appointment with the School of Humanities in the Faculty of Arts

Assistant Professor

Academic Unit of Human Communication, Development, and Information Sciences


PhD in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World (University of Pennsylvania)
MSIS (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
BA (Dartmouth College)


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(852) 2859 2532


Room 210, Runme Shaw Building

  • Archaeology, Classical/Mediterranean and Near Eastern Archaeology
  • Classics, Ancient History
  • Ceramics Analysis
  • Digital Humanities, Information Sciences

Research Expertise

  • Culture and Cultural Studies
  • Data Sciences and Digital Humanities
  • Experiential Learning
  • Information Science and Management
  • Technology-enhanced Learning

Prospective PhD/ EdD/ MPhil Applications

‚ÄčI am available to supervise PhD/EdD/MPhil students and would welcome enquiries for supervision.

HKU Early Career Teaching Award (2021)

Faculty of Education Early Career Teaching Award (2021)

Dr Cobb is a field archaeologist, a ceramics specialist, and a digital humanist.  Archaeology studies human life, communications, and development through the material remains of the past.  Dr Cobb leads fieldwork in Southwest Asia (the Ancient Near East) each summer and also participates in a project in Laos.  His information science research engages with the recording and analysis of multi-modal data about the past, including 3d spatial and morphological modeling.


I am looking for PhD and MPhil students and Post-doctoral researchers to join our research project in digital archaeology and our fieldwork - particularly students with computer programming backgrounds but also anyone interested in studying the past and learning digital methods.


Interdisciplinary Learning in an Intercultural Setting During Archaeological Fieldwork (2022), Academic Praxis


Digital Humanities Degrees and Supplemental Credentials in Information Schools (iSchools) (2021), Education for Information,


Digital Humanities in the iSchool (2021, 2nd/co-corresponding author), Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology


Centimeter-Level Recording for All: Field Experimentation with New, Affordable Geolocation Technology (2019), Advances in Archaeological Practice


Mapping Historical Texts in the Classroom: The Anatolian Travelers Project (2019), Cartographic Perspectives,


Collaborative Approaches to Archaeology Programming and the Increase of Digital Literacy Among Archaeology Students (2019), Open Archaeology


Virtual Desktops: A Practical Solution for Data Collaboration in Archaeology (2017), SAA Archaeological Record,


Conference Proceedings:

Sharing the Past: the Library as Digital Co-design Space for Intergenerational Heritage Preservation (2021), Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL),


RASCAL: Robotic Arm for Sherds and Ceramics Automated Locomotion (2021, 3rd author), IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA),

Digital Reviews Editor, Advances in Archaeological Practice


Associate Editor, Archaeological Research in Western & Central Asia (ARWA)


Editorial Board Member, Academic Praxis, Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC)


Management Committee Member, Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC)