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Mr. Nickelsberg was raised in Arad, Israel. After serving in the army as a combat commander he acquired his undergraduate degree from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Archaeology. Interested in studying the maritime culture of the Levant, he then enrolled in the Department of Maritime Civilizations. Here he completed a geoarchaeological research on the Middle Bronze Age palace of Tel Kabri, under the supervision of Prof. Ruth Shahack-Gross and Prof. Assaf Yasur-Landau. He is now continuing into his Ph.D. project, with the aim of exploring the maritime adaptations of the Early Bronze Age population of the Carmel coast. Supervised by Prof. Assaf Yasur-Landau and Prof. Ruth Shahack-Gross, he will examine terrestrial and submerged archaeological remains in the Dor region, hoping to shed new light on a less understood phase of human maritime history. 

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Ms. Creisher, originally from Maine, USA, arrived in Israel two years ago in order to pursue a Master's degree in the department of Maritime Civilizations here at the University of Haifa. After completing the MA, she will now be continuing on as a Ph.D. candidate under the supervision of Dr. Deborah Cvikel and Prof. Michal Artzy. Her research focuses on re-evaluating the long-held belief that maritime trade networks in the eastern Mediterranean were drastically reduced following the transition from Byzantine to Islamic governance in c.640 CE. Through an in-depth study of the ceramics from the Ma'agan Mikhael B shipwreck and other contemporaneous sites along the Carmel coast, both terrestrial and maritime, she aims to shed new light on the true complexity of maritime activity in the region during the 7th-9th centuries CE.

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Ms. Bedin comes from Vicenza, Italy. She has obtained both her BA and Master’s degree in Classics at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She arrived in Israel three years ago for doing her PhD at the Department of Maritime Civilizations under the supervision of Dr. Gil Gambash. Interested in Greek Epigraphy and Mediterranean history, her research focuses on Mediterranean-based syncretism and its continuity over time.  Through the analysis of literary and epigraphic sources coming from the entire basin, she is currently working on the recurrence of religious patterns and their dependence on the human experience of the sea itself.