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Areas of Interest
Archaeology and history of the Achaemenid; Hellenistic, and Roman East, Ceramic Studies; Second-Temple Judaism; archaeology of Israel
Excavations and Fieldwork
I have been excavating in the eastern Mediterranean since 1973, working on projects from Troy, in Turkey to Coptos, in southern Egypt. I focus on the eras of the later ancient empires: the Achaemenid Persians, Alexander the Great and his Hellenistic successors, and the Romans. I am especially interested in understanding the realities of daily life under these regimes, and in exploring the intersection of politics and cultural change in antiquity. Currently I am working on the publication of the Persian period levels of an administrative compound at Tel Kedesh in northern Israel, whose excavations I have co-directed since 1997, as well as Hellenistic pottery from Sardis and its hinterland, in western Turkey.
Member, Editorial Boards
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research and Tel Aviv.
Teaching Awards and Other Honors
2010-11, National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellow, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem
2009, Archaeological Institute of America Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
2008, Martha Sharp Joukowsky Lecturer, Archaeological Institute of America
2002, Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching
2012 Tel Anafa II, ii. Glass Vessels, Lamps, Objects of Metal, and Groundstone and Other Stone Tools and Vessels. Co-edited with Sharon C. Herbert. Kelsey Museum Fieldwork Studies, Ann Arbor, MI.
2006 Gamla. Final Reports, Volume I: The Pottery of the Second Temple Period. Israel Antiquities Authority Reports no.29. Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem
2003 Excavations at Coptos (Qift) (1988-1992). Co-authored with Sharon C. Herbert. Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series 53. Portsmouth, RI
2002 The First Jewish Revolt: Archaeology, History, and Ideology, co-edited with J. Andrew Overman. Routledge, London.
1997 Excavations at Tel Anafa, vol. II,i. The Persian, Hellenistic, and Roman Plain Wares. Journal of Roman Archaeology supplementary series vol. 10.2 Portsmouth, RI.
2012 “Identity Politics in Early Roman Galilee,” The Jewish Revolt Against Rome: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism vol. 154. M. Popovic, ed. Brill, Leiden. Pp. 69-106.
2012 “The Sanctuary of Mizpe Yammim: Phoenician Cult and Territory in the Upper Galilee during the Persian Period,” with Rafael Frankel. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 366. Pp. 25-78.
2012 “Excavating Tel Kedesh: The Story of a Site and a Project.” Co-authored with Sharon C. Herbert. Archaeology 65.3. Pp. 24-29.
2012 “Artifacts and Applications: Computational Thinking for Archaeologists,” Center for the Study of Architecture Newsletter XXV.2. (For article on line click here)
2005 “Jewish Life Before the Revolt: The Archaeological Evidence,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 36.4. Pp. 417-70.
2003 “Going Greek: Atticizing Pottery in an Achaemenid World.” Co-authored with Kathleen Lynch. Studia Troica 12. Pp. 167-78.
2003 “Ilion Before Alexander: A Ritual Deposit of the Fourth Century B.C.,” Studia Troica 12. Pp. 131-65.
2003 “A New Administrative Center for Persian and Hellenistic Galilee: Preliminary Report of the University of Michigan/University of Minnesota Excavations at Tel Kedesh.” Co-authored with Sharon C. Herbert, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 329. Pp. 13-59.
2002 “Ptolemaic Agriculture, ‘Syrian Wheat,’ and Triticum aestivum.” Co-authored with Terry Ball, Robert Thompson, and Sharon S. Herbert. Journal of Archaeological Science 30.1. Pp. 115-21.
1999 “Studies in Hellenistic Ilion: The Lower City. Stratified Assemblages and Chronology,” Studia Troica 9. Pp. 73-157.
1999 “The Archaeology of Ritual: The Sanctuary of Pan at Banias/Caesarea Philippi,” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 315. Pp. 27-46.
1997 “Between Large Forces: Palestine in the Hellenistic Period,” Biblical Archaeologist 60.1. Pp. 2-57.