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Dr. Maher's research focuses on hunter-gatherer societies in the Old World, specifically the Near East, North Africa and Arabia, with the aim of reconstructing human-environment interactions during the Late Pleistocene. She is interested in the 10,000-20,000 years leading up to farming, when dramatic changes in human social organization, economy, technological innovation, and ideology first appear in the archaeological record in the form of intensified plant use, increased sedentism and population aggregations, architecture, complex site organization, far-reaching social interaction networks, and elaborate mortuary practices. She explores these significant shifts in human behavior through the study of material culture and the interactions of people and the landscapes they live in.