2016-2017 Fellows & Projects

Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professor:

Gary Knoppers, University of Notre Dame, “Research for a Coauthored (Oded Lipschits) Commentary on Ezra Nehemiah for the International Hermeneia Series”

Frerichs Annual Professor:

Steven Ortiz, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, “The Transformation of a Border City–Shifting Identity and Affiliation: Tel Gezer as a Case Study”

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows:

Benjamin Dolinka, Israel Antiquities Authority, “International Trade and Local Production: The Archaeology and Socio-Economic History of the Middle Islamic Pottery from Jerusalem and Its Rural Hinterland (ca. 1100–1650)”

Alexander Hollman, University of Washington, “Magica Levantina”

Alexandra Ratzlaff, University of Haifa, “Late Antique Maritime Trade and Economy along the Central Levantine Coast”

Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Fellows:

Melissa Cradic, University of California, Berkeley, “Transformations in Death: Funerary Practices and Personhood in the Bronze Age Levant”

Robert S. Homsher, Harvard University, “Complex Societies and Environmental Dynamics Through Time: Insights from the Bronze Age Near East”

George A. Barton Fellow:

Megan Boomer, University of Pennsylvania, “Landscapes of Salvation: Architecture and Memory in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem”

Lydie T. Shufro Summer Research Fellow:

Joseph Lam, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “How Sacrifice Became Atoning”

Carol and Eric Meyers Doctoral Dissertation Fellow:

Daniel Schindler, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, “Late Roman and Byzantine Galilee: A Provincial Case Study from the Perspective of Imported and Common Pottery”

Marcia and Oded Borowski Research Fellow:

Irene Romano, University of Arizona, “The Marble Head of ‘Alexander the Great’ in the Context of Hellenistic and Roman Beth Shean and Modern Israel”

Glassman Holland Research Fellow:

Felix Hoeflmayer, Austrian Academy of Sciences, “Radiocarbon Dating and Middle Bronze Age Relations with Egypt”

Noble Group Fellows:

Sun Yue, Shandong University, “Recitation of the Past in the Hebrew Bible and Chinese Historical Works: A Crosstextual Reading of the Book of Kings and The Grand Scribe’s Records”

Yu Zhang, Shandong University, “Cultural Interaction between Canaan and Egypt in the Late Bronze Age: Cultic Interaction at Beth Shean as a Case Study”

Wang Huan, Sichuan University, “Religious Syncretism in Ptolemaic Egypt”

Wen Hua Shi, Independent Researcher, “The Historical Jesus’ Identity as a Galilean”

Zhao Feng, China National Silk Museum, “The Comparison of Silk Textiles Found in Israel and China”

CAORC Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship (AIAR and CAARI):

Nir Shafir, University of California, Los Angeles, “The Road from Damascus: Mobility, Material Culture, and the Redefinition of Islam in an Ottoman Holy Land, 1620-1720”

ASOR’s William G. Dever Archaeological Fellowship for Biblical Scholar

Jill Marshall, Wingate University, “Women’s Religious Activity in the Archaeological Record of Roman-era Judea and Galilee”

AIAR-JVRP Digital Archaeology Fellow:

Adam Prins, Durham University, “Establishing a Digital Archaeology Lab at the Albright Institute”

Associate Fellows

Senior Fellows

Isam Awwad, Independent Researcher: “Jerusalem in the Early Umayyad Period”

Isam Awwad is currently the team leader for the Great Mosque Restoration Project in Sana’a, Yemen (though on hold due to the current situation there), with the Cultural Heritage Unit of the Social Fund for Development. From 1977-2005 he was the Resident Architect of al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock.

David Ben-Shlomo, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “Publication of the Field III Pottery and Small Finds of Tel Miqne-Ekron; Technological Study of Iron Age II Pottery in Jerusalem and Central Hills”

Miryam Brand, Independent Researcher: “Communal Identity in the Second Temple Period: Sin, Consequences, and the ‘Other’”

Baruch Brandl, Independent Researcher: “An Analysis of Egyptian Artifacts from Tel Miqne-Ekron”; “Pre-Hellenistic Glyptic  from Tel Kedesh”; “The Scarabs from the Renewed Excavations at Tel Gezer”; “Tell el-Wawiyat Scarabs”; “The Glyptic from Iron Age I Ashkelon”

Eliot Braun, Independent Researcher: “Enhancing Knowledge of the Late Chalcolithic through Early Bronze Age Cultures of the Southern Levant through Explication and Interpretation of the Revealed Archaeological Record”

Jeffrey ChadwickBrigham Young University: “New Discoveries in Ancient Metrics: The 54 CM Canaanite Cubit During the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Land of Israel”

Jeffrey Chadwick is Jerusalem Center Professor of Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies, and Religious Education Professor of Church History and Jewish Studies.

Katia Cytryn-SilvermanHebrew University of Jerusalem: “Tiberias Excavation Project: The Ancient City Center”

Katia Cytryn-Silverman specializes in Islamic archaeology, and is a lecturer at both the Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University. Since 2009 she has directed the New Tiberias Excavation Project at the Sea of Galilee.

Robert W. DanielUniversity of Cologne: “Magica Levantina”

Robert W. Daniel is a specialist in Classical Philology at the University of Cologne. He was the Curator of the Papyrus Collection at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Cologne from 2000-2015, and has received a research grant from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for the Magica Levantina project, with the aim of creating an edition of a corpus of Greek magical texts inscribed on lead.

Gerald FinkielsztejnIsrael Antiquities Authority: “The Amphora Stamps Imported in Hellenistic Samaria, as a Case Study of Supply as an Evidence for History”

Gerald Finkielsztejn is a Senior Archaeologist for Excavations and Research with the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Norma FranklinZinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa: “The Jezreel Expedition’s Renewed Excavation of Greater Jezreel”

Norma Franklin is co-director of The Jezreel Expedition with Jennie Ebeling, sponsored by the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at Haifa University and University of Evansville.

Shimon GibsonUniversity of the Holy Land and University of North Carolina at Charlotte: “Archaeology and Nineteenth Century Photography in the Middle East”

Shimon Gibson is currently Visiting Professor of History and Archaeology in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Since 2000, he has been head of the Archaeology Department at the University of the Holy Land.

Garth Gilmour, CMJ-Israel, University of Oxford:  “Final Report of the Palestine Exploration Fund Excavations in the City of David, Jerusalem, from 1923 to 1925”

Garth Gilmour is the Director of CMJ-Israel and a Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Oxford.

Morag M. KerselDePaul University: “License to Sell: The Trade in Holy Land Antiquities”

Morag M. Kersel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at DePaul University, as well as Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Art, Museum, and Cultural Heritage Law at DePaul College of Law. She currently co-directs several field projects: Landscapes of the Dead Survey Project, Dead Sea Plain, Jordan with Austin C. Hill; Excavations and Survey, Galilee Prehistory Project, Israel with Yorke M. Rowan; and the Follow the Pots Project, Dead Sea Plain, Jordan with Meredith S. Chesson and Austin C. Hill.

Ann E. KillebrewPennsylvania State University: “Tel Miqne-Ekron during the Late Bronze and Iron Ages”

Ann E. Killebrew is an Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, and Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University. Since 2010 she has co-directed the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project.

Rona Avissar Lewis, Independent Researcher: “The Landscape of Hattin Archaeological project, Horvat el- Kankuzah”

Laura B. MazowEast Carolina University: “On Reconstructing Textile Technologies, Technological Style and the Transfer of Technological Knowledge”

Laura B. Mazow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University.

Pierre de MiroschedjiCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Maison de l’archéologie et de l’ethnologie, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris: “Final Publication of the Yarmuth Excavations”

Hani Nur el-Din, Al-Quds University: “Archaeology of Samaria”

Hani Nur el-Din is Professor of Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology at al-Quds University.

Nava Panitz-CohenHebrew University of Jerusalem: “The Study and Publication of the Iron Age IIA Ceramic Assemblage from Tel Rehov”

Nava Panitz-Cohen co-directs the Tel Abel Beth Maacah excavations with Robert Mullins. She is editor of the Qedem Monograph Series of the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University.

Stephen PfannUniversity of the Holy Land: “Frontiers in Deciphering and Dating Ancient Manuscripts and Inscriptions”

Valentine RouxCentre de Recherche Francais à Jérusalem: “Social Networks and Diffusion of Ceramic Techniques”

Yorke M. RowanOriental Institute, University of Chicago: “The Galilee Prehistory Project; The Tel Yaqush Publication Project; The Eastern Badia Archaeological Project, Jordan”

Benjamin SaidelEast Carolina University: “Putting Down Roots: An Ethnoarchaeological and Ethnohistoric Study of Bedouin Sedentarization in the Environs of Tel el-Hesil”

Beatrice St. LaurentBridgewater State University: “Mu’awiya’s Jerusalem 638-680 CE”

Hamed J. Salem, Birzeit University: “Tell et-Tell: Renewed Archaeology and Rehabilitation Project”

Issa SarieInstitute of Archaeology, Al-Quds University:  “Cultural Heritage and Peasantry Summer Farm Dwellings (manateer) in Palestine”

Yuri StoyanovUniversity of Belgrade; University of London: “Medieval Christian and Islamic Heterodoxies in the Levant: Syncretistic Aspects of their Archaeological and Manuscript Legacy”

Hamdan M. Taha, Independent Researcher: “A Late Byzantine-Early Islamic Tomb at Taybeh, Ramallah”

Hamdan M. Taha is a cultural heritage expert, and in 2014 retired from his post as Deputy Minister in the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities (MOTA).

Dieter ViewegerGerman Protestant Institute of Archaeology (DEI), Jerusalem & AmmanUniversity of WuppertalBiblical Archaeology Institute, Wuppertal: “Mt. Zion Excavation Project of the DEI Jerusalem”

Anna de Vincenz, Independent Researcher: “Final Report II-III of the Nesher-Ramla Quarry: Early Roman and Late Byzantine-Umayyad Ceramics from Ritual Pools, Hiding Complexes and Toms. Byzantine Ceramics from the Church; “Jaffa Publication Project: Ottoman Ceramics and Porcelain from Various Excavations in Jaffa: Tzorfim and Roslan Street, Meraguza Street, the Greek Market”

Benjamin WoldTrinity College, Dublin

Samuel R. WolffIsrael Antiquities Authority: “Renewed Excavations at Tel Gezer”

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Margaret E. CohenThe Jezreel Valley Regional Project: “Metal Objects from a Late Bronze Age Tomb at Megiddo”

Amir GolaniIsrael Antiquities Authority: “Excavations at the Early Bronze Age Site of Eshta’ol”; “Circular Storage Structures in the Southern Levant and the Initial Stages of Urbanization in the Southern Levant (PEQ)”; “Excavations at the Middle Bronze Age Site of Muntar el-­Abiad in the Beth Shean Valley”

Aaron GreenerUniversity of Haifa: “Stone Tools for Biblical Coppersmiths: The Unexplored Stone Assemblage of the Early Iron Age Copper Site at Timna”

Rafael LewisUniversity of Haifa: “Continuity and Change in the Fortifications on Mount Zion, Jerusalem”

Research Fellows

Rachel Ben Dov, Independent Researcher: “Tel Miqne-Ekron during the Late Bronze Age”

Deborah R. CassutoBar Ilan University: “The Fabric of Society: Textile Production in the Southern Levant”

Malka HershkovitzHebrew University of Jerusalem: “A Corpus of Hellenistic–Roman Glyptics in Eretz-Israel”

Nadia Bladt KnudsenTel Aviv University: “Early Bronze Age Zoomorphic Figurines of the Levant”

Shulamit MillerHebrew University of Jerusalem: “Luxury, Prestige and Grandeur: the Mansions and Daily Life of the Social Elite of Judaea-Palestine during the 1st-6th c. C.E.”

Ghassan Nagagreh, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Claire PfannUniversity of the Holy Land: “Too Many Marys: Unravelling the Knot of Tangled Identities in the Gospels”