Michael Roaf is a leading specialist in the archaeology of Iran, Iraq and the Middle East from Neolithic to Islamic times. He wrote his doctoral thesis on “Sculptures and Sculptors at Persepolis” and is the author of The Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East, which has been translated into nine languages. He is now retired from the Professorship for Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Munich. He has excavated and travelled widely in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Syria and Turkey. Since the 1970s he has led numerous archaeological and architectural tours of the Middle East, particularly of Iran.