Jezreel Valley Regional Project Archaeology and History of a Regional Landscape

People and Groups

A wide variety of individuals and organizations make the Jezreel Valley Regional Project run. These include the directors, staff, field team members, cooperating excavation projects, and research associates.

Matthew J. Adams

Director, Jezreel Valley Regional Project

Director, W. F. Albright Institute for Archaeological Research

University of Hawai'i, Classics Faculty

mja198@gmail.com

mjadams@hawaii.edu

Academia.edu profile

Matthew received his PhD in History from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007, specializing in Egyptology and Near Eastern Archaeology. He has more than 25 seasons of excavation experience at sites in Egypt and Israel. While he has broad interests in space and time throughout the ancient world, his primary research focus is on the development of urban communities in 3rd Millennium Egypt and Levant. In addition to directing the JVRP, he is also Co-Director of the Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition and a member of the Penn State excavations at Mendes, Egypt. He is also President of the non-profit organization, American Archaeology Abroad. As of June 2014 he took over the Directorship of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

 

Rangar H. Cline

Late Antiquity

University of Oklahoma

rangar.cline@ou.edu

Faculty web page

Rangar is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D. at Penn State in 2005, and his recent book, Ancient Angels (Brill, 2011), examines literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence related to angel veneration in late antiquity. His current research examines the economics of pilgrimage, in particular the production and consumption of pilgrims' goods and services, the impact of pilgrimage on local and regional economies, and trade routes in late antiquity. He has worked on archaeological projects in Israel, Greece, and Italy.

 

Margaret E. Cohen

Associate Fellow, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

mec11909@gmail.com

Academia.edu profile

Though Margaret Cohen has been excavating at sites in Israel, Egypt, and Jordan for over a decade, her primary area of expertise is Hebrew Bible and the history of biblical Israel. She recently completed her PhD at Penn State University and was the recipient of a National Foundation for Jewish Culture Dissertation Fellowship and a Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project Grant from the Association for Jewish Studies. She has taught a variety of courses in archaeology, history, Hebrew Bible and New Testament, as well as Hebrew language, and will be teaching at Lycoming College in the fall of 2013.

 

Melissa Cradic

Assistant Director, Legio Excavations

Field Archaeologist, Education Program Director

University of California, Berkeley

melissa.cradic@berkeley.edu

Melissa is a graduate student in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at UC Berkeley.  Her primary interests are in death and burial practices, and household archaeology.  In addition to the JVRP, she is a member of the Megiddo Expedition.

 

 

 

Deirdre Fulton

Zooarchaeologist

Baylor University

deirdrefulton1@gmail.com

Deirdre is an assistant professor of Biblical Studies in the Department of Religion at Baylor University (Starting Fall 2013).  She finished her Ph.D. at Penn State in 2011, specializing in Hebrew Bible and Archaeology, and was a lecturer in the Department of Theology at Boston College for the 2012-2013 academic year.  As part of the JVRP staff, she specializes in zooarchaeology, with a particular focus on sacrifice and economy.  Beside her work with JVRP, she is involved in other projects in Israel (Ashkelon and Ramat Rahel) as well as Carthage, Tunisia.

 

 

Ryan Gardner-Cook

 

Assistant Director, JVRP Advanced Physical Survey

Assistant Area Supervisor, Legio Excavations

Stony Brook University

rgardnercook@gmail.com

 

Ryan is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Stony Brook University, specializing in complex societies of the Ancient Near East. His research focuses on using geospatial methods to reconstruct ancient landscapes in order to better understand developments in social complexity.

 

 

 

 

Robert S. Homsher

Co-Director, Jezreel Valley Regional Project

Co-Director, JVRP Advanced Physical Survey

Geoarchaeology Team Leader, Coordinator for Archaeological Sciences, Senior Field Supervisor

W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research

rhomsher@fas.harvard.edu

rhomsher.edu@gmail.com

Academia.edu profile

Robert specializes in the archaeology of the ancient Near East and Eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on the Bronze and Iron Age southern Levant. He is currently a Educational and Cultural Affairs Research Fellow at the Albright Institute and Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis. Previously, he taught as College Fellow in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University (2014-2016) and as Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at San Francisco State University (2013-2014). He received his MA (2009) and PhD (2013) from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, preceded by BS and MA degree in Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University (2003, 2005). He has spent several years conducting fieldwork at sites in Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East. As an Assistant Director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, he coordinates research in archaeological sciences, particularly geoarchaeology, while also directing fieldwork and survey. He is also a long-term staff member of the Megiddo Expedition, where he currently supervises the excavations of Area Q, an Iron Age domestic quarter. Robert’s doctoral research investigated the process of urbanization during the Middle Bronze Age in the southern Levant from the standpoint of socio-economic organization within the process of architectural construction. His current research addresses the development and demise of complex societies and implications of landscape and environment on social dynamics by integrating interdisciplinary geospatial and material-science methods.

 

Katie Hunt

Osteologist, Technical Artist, and RTI Co-Leader

Durham University

katejea@gmail.com

Katie is currently a graduate student at the University of Durham in England, specializing in the analysis of human skeletal remains. In addition to working with the excavation and analysis of human remains, she also illustrates artifacts for JVRP Tel Megiddo East. Her current research interests lie in the history of human health, the bio-cultural factors leading to the evolution and development of disease, and specifically the study of cancer in ancient societies. She has also participated in archaeological excavations at Mendes and the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

 

 

 

 

Nadia B. Knudsen

University College London

Archaeological Illustrator and Field Archaeologist

ganchat3@hotmail.com

Nadia recently received her MA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Her interests include the Bronze Age of the region, a focus which she continues to pursue in combination with her broad-based practical experience of archaeological illustration.

 

Nick Kraus

Yale University

Field Archaeologist

nicholas.kraus@yale.edu

Nick is a PhD student at Yale University in Assyriology, studying the languages and history of Mesopotamia. His primary research interests are in intellectual and scholarly life in ancient Mesopotamia, as well as inter-regional contact in the Levant. In addition to the JVRP, he is also involved in the ongoing Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition.

 

 

Mark Letteney

Princeton University

Data Maintenance and Digital Support

mark.letteney@princeton.edu

Mark Letteney is a doctoral student at Princeton University, specializing in Late Antique history. His work with the JVRP focuses on development and deployment of novel forms of archaeological documentation and digital preservation.

 

 

 

Adam B. Prins

Technology Supervisor

Remote Sensing and Mapping Team Leader

Chief Technology Officer, American Archaeology Abroad

Durham University

adam.prins@durham.ac.uk

Academia.edu profile

Adam is a PhD candidate at Durham University in the Departments of Archaeology and Geography. He received his MA in the Archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East from University College London and has worked with archaeological projects and museums in Israel, Egypt, Cyprus and the United States. His current research involves utilizing LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) to explore and detect evidence of ancient settlement in the Early Bronze Age in the Jezreel Valley. He has developed and deployed practical workflows for photogrammetric and three-dimensional imaging of archaeological sites, and works to integrate these and other new technologies into traditional archaeological documentation. In addition to the JVRP, he is also involved in the ongoing Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition.

 

Jennifer Ramsay

Archaeobotanist

The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Faculty web page

Academia.edu profile

Jennifer Ramsay is an assistant professor at the College at Brockport, State University of New York, in Brockport, New York.  She earned her Ph.D. in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University in Canada in 2008.  Dr. Ramsay is an archaeobotanist that specializes in the Near East.  Her research involves examining the agricultural economies of ancient societies ranging in date from the Chalcolithic up until the Islamic period.  Her current focus is on exploring agriculture in hyper-arid zones in order to understand past sustainable agricultural practices.  She is currently working on multiple projects looking at issues of trade, agricultural techniques and trends between cultural groups, environmental reconstruction and provisioning the Roman army.  Dr. Ramsay’s most recent publications include ‘For the Birds - An Environmental Archaeological Analysis of Byzantine Pigeon Towers at Shivta (Negev Desert, Israel)’ (co-authored with Y. Tepper, M. Weinstien- Evron, S. Bratenkov, N. Liphschitz, N. Marom and G. Bar-Oz) (2016), Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 9: 718-727 and ‘A Diachronic Look at the Agricultural Economy at the Red Sea Port of Aila: An Archaeobotanical Case for Hinterland Production in Arid Environments’ (co-authored with S. T. Parker) (2016), The Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR) 376: 101-120. Dr. Ramsay has worked on archaeological projects in Israel, Jordan and Italy for over 20 years and has taken field school students abroad since 2008.

 

   Melissa S. Rosenzweig

Archaeobotanist

University of Chicago

mrosenzw@uchicago.edu

Melissa is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Chicago.  Her research examines the ways in which human-environment interactions (re)produce political power and structural inequality in early complex polities.  Her forthcoming dissertation investigates the intersections of agriculture and empire at Ziyaret Tepe, a provincial capital of the Late Assyrian empire in southeastern Anatolia.  As an archaeobotanist on the JVRP staff, she studies human land-use management over time and space in the Jezreel Valley.   Melissa is also the archaeobotanical specialist for the Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project.

 

 

 

 

 Yotam Tepper

Field Archaeologist and Hellenistic-Roman Period Specialist

Israel Antiquities Authority

Tel Aviv University

yotamtepper@gmail.com

Yotam received his PhD at Tel Aviv University (Legio in the Roman Period). As a researcher and archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), he has directed numerous excavations and surveys in Israel for the last three decades. His latest project includes survey and excavation in the region of the Roman military camp at Legio (el-Lajjun). As part of this work, he conducted extensive excavation at the Megiddo prison compound where a Christian Prayer Hall from the end of the Roman period was discovered. His research focuses on the Roman Period, with special interest in the daily life of civilians and soldiers.

 

Greg Williams

Field Archaeologist

g.williams@aucegypt.edu

Greg is a graduate student in the Arab and Islamic civilizations Department at the American University in Cairo focusing on Islamic Art and Architecture. He hopes to pursue a career in Islamic archaeology. His interests include the early Islamic and medieval periods in Egypt and the Levant.

 

 

Cooperating Projects are independent excavations and organizations which agree that a regional approach to the study of the Jezreel Valley is an essential aspect of archaeological research in the valley. These projects have allied with the JVRP in a coordinated effort to advance our collective understanding of the region and, together, these projects provide mutual support for data collection and sharing where appropriate.

The Megiddo Expedition

Directors: Israel Finkelstein (Tel Aviv University) and Eric Cline (The George Washington University)

 

 

 

The Jezreel Expedition

Co-directors: Norma Franklin (Tel Aviv University) and Jennie Ebeling (University of Evansville)

Ein el-Jarba Excavation Project

Director: Katharina Streit (Hebrew University)

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The University of Hawai'i at Manoa

The University of Oklahoma

Yotam Tepper, Co-Director

Matthew Adams, Co-Director

Jonathan David, Co-Director

 

Michael Ashley, Codifi Representative for Database Development

Rangar Cline, University of Oklahoma Representative and Field Archaeologist

Melissa Cradic, Field Archaeologist and Education Program Director

Robert Homsher, Senior Field Supervisor

Katie Hunt, Osteologist, Technical Artist, RTI Team

Kaitlyn Justus, Registrar

Nadia Knudsen, Technical Artist

Nick Kraus, Field Archaeologist

Erika Niemann, Field Archaeologist

Adam Prins, Field Archaeologist, Technology Supervisor

Jenifer Ramsay, SUNY Brockport Representative and Paleobotanist

Yotam Tepper, Co-Director

Matthew Adams, Co-Director

Robert Homsher, Co-Director

 

Adam Prins

Nadia Knudsen

Ryan Gardiner Cook

Greg Williams

James Benes

Tim Turnquist

Charlie Friedman

Kaitlyn Justus

James Bucko

Matthew Adams, Director

Jonathan David, Assistant Director

Margaret Cohen, Assistant Director and Education Program Director

Robert Homsher, Senior Field Supervisor

 

Melissa Cradic, Field Archaeologist and Education Program Coordinator

Deirdre Fulton, Archaeozoologist

Katie Hunt, Osteologist, Technical Artist, RTI Team

Nadia Knudsen, Technical Artist

Nick Kraus, Field Archaeologist

Erika Niemann, Field Archaeologist

Adam Prins, Field Archaeologist, Technology Supervisor

Becky Simon, Registrar

Stephanie Steinke, Field Archaeologist and GIS Specialist

Greg Williams, Field Archaeologist

Matthew Adams, Director

Jonathan David, Assistant Director

Margaret Cohen, Assistant Director

Robert Homsher, Senior Field Supervisor

 

Katie Hunt, Technical Artist

Assaf Kleinman, Field Archaeologist and Zooarchaeologist Assistant

Erika Niemann, Field Archaeologist and Research Assistant

Adam Prins, Field Archaeologist, Technology Supervisor, and Graphics Specialist

Greg Williams, Field Archaeologist

Daniel Devery, Field Archaeologist

Nick Kraus, Field Archaeologist

Matthew Adams, Director

Jonathan David, Assistant Director

Margaret Cohen, Assistant Director

Robert Homsher, Senior Field Supervisor

 

Melissa Cradic, Field Archaeologist and Field Tutorial Supervisor

Julie Ellis, Lithics Specialist

Katie Hunt, Technical Artist

Assaf Kleinman, Logistics Administrator and Zooarchaeologist Assistant

Erika Niemann, Field Archaeologist and Research Assistant

Jessie Pincus, GPR Data Supervisor

Adam Prins, Field Archaeologist and Graphics Specialist

Yotam Tepper, Field Archaeologist and Hellenistic-Roman Period Specialist

Greg Williams, Field Archaeologist

Matthew Adams, Director

Jonathan David, Assistant Director

Margaret Cohen, Assistant Director

Robert Homsher, Senior Field Supervisor

 

Melissa Cradic, Field Archaeologist

Daniel Devery, Field Archaeologist

Kristine Merriman, Field Archaeologist

Erica Niemann, Field Archaeologist

Adam Prins, Field Archaeologist

Greg Williams, Field Archaeologist

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