Group members - From Canaanites to 'Phoenicians' and 'Philistines':
Maritime Connectivity and Use of Coastal Resources as an Adaptation to Changing Political and Environmental Conditions CA. 2000-500 BCE
Assaf Yasur-Landau is the head of the Recanati Institute of Maritme Studies and the founder of the laboratory for Coastal Archaeology and Underwater Survey at the University of Haifa. His research interests include the study of mobility, ancient economy and human adaptation in the Mediterranean during the Bronze and Iron ages. Currently he is Co-director of the excavations of the Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri and of the underwater excavations at Tel Dor. He is the author of ca. 70 articles and five books and edited volumes, including The Philistines and Aegean Migration in the Late Bronze Age (Cambridge University Press 2010, 2014).
Ayelet Gilboa is an archaeologist teaching at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Haifa. She served as Chair of the Department between 2007–2009 and is currently Head of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at this university. She co-directs the Tel Dor Excavations and Publication Project in Israel and directs the Shikmona Publication project (Josheph Elgavish Excavations). Her main interests are cross-Mediterranean interconnections; Phoenicians; Sea Peoples; Iron Age ceramics; Iron Age chronology; methodology of archaeological site reports; and the symbolic properties of material culture. She published extensively on these issues and won several prestigious grants.
Eric H. Cline
Eric H. Cline is the former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University. A National Geographic Explorer, NEH Public Scholar, and Fulbright scholar with degrees from Dartmouth, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, he is an active field archaeologist with 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States, including at Tel Kabri, where he serves as Co-Director. He is the author or editor of 20 books and nearly 100 articles; translations of his books have appeared in sixteen different languages.
Thomas Evan Levy
Thomas Evan Levy is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and is the inaugural holder of the Norma Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and Neighboring Lands at the University of California, San Diego. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Levy is a Levantine field archaeologist with interests in how early mining and metallurgy influences social evolution. He recently received an honorary doctorate from Charles University in the Czech Republic and an adjunct professor at the University of Cyprus. Recently, Tom is Co-Director of the new UC San Diego Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology at UC San Diego and Director of the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability.
Philipp W. Stockhammer
Philipp W. Stockhammer is Professor for prehistoric archaeology with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) Munich and co-director of the Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean, Jena. In 2015, he received an ERC Starting Grant and he is PI or Co-PI of several collaborative research projects on the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age in the Southern Levant and Southeastern Europe, and the Early Bronze Age and Early Iron Age in Central Europe. His research focuses on the transformative power of intercultural encounter, human-thing-entanglements, social practices and the integration of archaeological and scientific data. He is a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute and a member of the Center for Advanced Studies at LMU Munich.