Assaf Yasur-Landau, University of Haifa

Dr. Assaf Yasur-Landau is Head of the Department of Maritime Civilizations and a Senior Researcher at the Leon Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies at Haifa University. He has participated in many excavations and surveys since 1986 at sites in Israel, Greece, and Turkey, in capacities ranging from staff member to director. He has just published a book on the Philistines and is also publishing the imported Mycenaean pottery from Aphek, a provenance study of LH IIIC pottery from Beth Shean, Acco and Dan, and partaking in the publication of the locally-made Aegean-style pottery from Ashkelon.

Eric H. Cline, The George Washington University

Dr. Eric H. Cline is a professor of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he also holds appointments in the Anthropology and History departments and the Judaic Studies Program. He has participated in 29 seasons of archaeological excavation and survey in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus, and the USA since 1980. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of fourteen books and nearly 100 articles.

Associate Director

Andrew Koh, Brandeis University

Dr. Andrew Koh is with the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology with MIT; he holds his degrees from UPenn (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His areas of specialization are Greek art and archaeology, the Mediterranean and the East, the ethnoarchaeology of Crete, and archaeological science. Professor Koh has done field work for the ARCHEM Project in Greece, Israel, Egypt, and Turkey.

Senior Staff

Nurith Goshen

Nurith Goshen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation is entitled: “Emergence of Palatial Institutions in Crete and Levant in the Middle Bronze Age: A Comparative Study.” She received a B.A. in Classical Archaeology and Art History from Tel Aviv University in 2004. She subsequently continued her M.A. studies in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, writing an M.A. thesis entitled “The Genre of Aegean Miniature Frescoes Dating to the MMII-LMIb.” She has participated in excavations at Apollonia-Arsuf, Ashkelon, and Pachia-Amos, and since 2005 has served as Assistant Director of the Kabri Archaeological Project.

Alexandra Ratzlaff

Alexandra Ratzlaff received a Ph.D. in Archaeology at Boston University, where she completed her dissertation entitled: ““The Roman Military Presence in the Negev from the 1st– 7th century C.E.: A Question of Grand Strategy.” She previously attended the George Washington University, graduating in 2003 with a B.A. in Archaeology and Classical Studies. Alexandra has participated in excavations in Ireland and Israel, most recently as a staff member at the Roman Fort of Yotvata, Tel Achziv and a new project at Beer Shema. Her areas of interest include: the archaeology of the Roman provinces, Greek and Roman Mystery Cults, and state formation processes.

Inbal Samet

Inbal Samet is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Haifa. Her dissertation is entitled: “The Role of International Trade in the Formation of a Mediterranean Coastal Economy: The Case Study of the Middle Bronze Age Polity of Kabri.” She completed an M.A. at Tel Aviv University, on the topic of Canaanite rulership in Late Bronze Age Megiddo, and previously received B.A. degrees in architecture and archaeology. She has participated in numerous excavations In Israel, including at Kabri in 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2011, Ramla, Megiddo, Achziv, and Tell Assawir, and is either the co-author or contributor to several articles and excavation reports, including for Qiryat Shmona, Ramla, Megiddo, and Kabri.

Helena Tomas

Dr. Helena Tomas is a Lecturer in Aegean archaeology at the University of Zagreb. She received her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford, with a thesis entitled "Understanding the transition between Linear A and Linear B scripts." Her research interests include Aegean Bronze Age scripts and administration and correlations and contacts between the Aegean, the Balkan Peninsula, and Central Europe during the Bronze Age. She has been part of the Kabri Archaeological Project since 2005.


We are pleased to also have the following experts and specialists associated with our team:
Dr. David Ben Shlomo of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (petrography)
Prof. Hans Mommsen of Bonn (neutron activation analysis)
Prof. Guy Bar-Oz, Dr. Nimrod Marom, and Dr. Lior Weissbrod of the University of Haifa (faunal analysis)
Dr. Gideon Harman of the University of Connecticut (stable isotope analysis)
Uri Basson of Geosense and Dr. Michael Lazar of the University of Haifa (FDEM geophysical survey)