I am a Visiting Scholar in the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University for 2014-2015. My courses include Introduction to Judaism (Fall 2014) and Archaeology of Israel and Modern Religious Identity (Spring 2015)
My skills include:
My skills include:
Writing on culture in antiquity, as well as on music and film
Lectures in the history of archaeological exploration of Palestine, archaeology and history of Israel and the ancient Near East, ancient religion, and the Bible
Timely and careful academic editing, with attention to both content and formatting
Thorough research in a variety of academic fields, as well as experienced genealogy research
If you are looking for someone to do freelance work in the above areas, or just want to have a discussion about some of the issues on this blog, you can contact me at mdpress52 at gmail dot com
My academic profile
My current project involves 19th century explorers' and travelers' accounts of Palestine and how they reflect the religious interest of their authors -- specifically, European and American Protestants. How did they use the Bible to interpret what they saw in the Holy Land? How did their understanding of the Bible affect what they saw?
I am the author of Ashkelon 4: The Iron Age Terracottas of Ashkelon and Philistia (2012); and my articles have appeared or are forthcoming in peer-reviewed journals such as the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research (BASOR), Israel Exploration Journal (IEJ), Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins (ZDPV), and Liber Annuus.
I have presented a series of papers at the Annual Meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). For one of these papers – “(Pytho)Gaia in Myth and Legend: The Goddess of the Ekron Inscription Revisited” – I won the 2011 Aviram Prize, presenting it in a special session of the ASOR Annual Meeting that year; it has since been published in BASOR. With Dr. Assaf Yasur-Landau of the University of Haifa, I am directing a publishing project of Moshe Prausnitz’s 1963-64 excavations at Tel Achziv; we have been awarded a White-Levy Grant of $75,000 for this project.
My archaeological experience began as a volunteer at Tel Ashkelon in 1996. Since then, I have served as a staff member on the excavations at Ashkelon and Tel Burna in Israel, and investigated deep-water shipwrecks in the Mediterranean with acclaimed explorer Robert Ballard. From 2007-2010, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Semitic Museum, Harvard University and Director of the Ashkelon Excavations Laboratory.
I am an experienced lecturer and presenter, and have given a series of public lectures and guest lectures in classes at Harvard University, Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Arkansas, the University of Maryland, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Huntington University, Negev Academic College (Beersheba, Israel), as well as in archaeological field schools in Israel.
Before my Ph.D., I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University in 1997, where I was also elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa (junior year).
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