Archaeology of the Biblical Period
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Civilizations of the Ancient Near East
Restoration & Conservation
Dr. Nava Panitz-Cohen
Name: Nava Panitz-Cohen
Married with 3 sons- ages 18, 21, 24
||Sociology and English Literature, with honors, Haifa University, 1974-1978|
||Archaeology and General Studies, with honors, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1986-1989 |
||Archaeology, with honors, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1995-1999|
||Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2001-2006|
Topic: Processes of Ceramic Change and Continuity: Tel Batash in the Second Millennium BCE as a Case Study
Scholarships, Awards and Fellowships
||1986-1987. The Dean's list|
1988. The Rector's list
||1994: the Berman Prize – Institute of Archaeology|
1995: the Fargo Prize for Academic Excellence, the Institute of Archaeolgoy
1996: Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement, Israeli Association of Academic Women
1997: Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the Institute of Archaeology
1998: The Francis Ginter Prize for the Study of Jerusalem, Hebrew University.
||2001-2005: Faculty of Humanities Scholarship for Academic Excellence|
2005–2006: Educational and Cultural Affairs Fellowship, Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, Jerusalem
Main Work Experience in Archaeology:
||data processing for Tel Miqne-Ekron project, Albright Institute of Archaeology.|
||Collection Room, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University|
||translating/editing, Israel Antiquities Authority Publications Department and Qedem Monograph Series, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
||research assistant to Prof. Amihai Mazar, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.|
Main Archaeological Field Experience
||Director, Tel Abel Beth Maacah Excavations, together with Dr. Bob Mullins, Azusa Pacific Univeristy|
||Tel Beth-Shean: field supervisor|
||Tel Rehov: field supervisor; coordinator and instructor of academic credit program for students from abroad
and of the field school of the Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology.|
||Tel Batash: field supervisor|
||Khan el Akhmar: registrar|
||Tel Miqne-Ekron: square supervisor|
||Tel Dor, the Ophel, Khirbet Maon: student volunteer|
Other Related Work Experience
||study-tour guide, Yad Yizchak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem.|
||regional program coordinator, Yad Yitzchak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem.|
||assistant program coordinator, overseas program for students from the University of Pennsylvania
at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
||Introduction to the Archaeology of Jerusalem, Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University:
||“Introduction to Ancient Ceramics” – undergraduate requirement course |
||“The Many Dimensions of Pottery” – undergraduate elective.|
||“The History and Development of Ceramics” –graduate tutorial|
|2010, 2012 –||
||“On Pots and People – The Role of Technology in the Study of Ancient Pottery”– graduate elective|
||“The Late Bronze Age in Canaan: Between Prince and Pauper, Egyptian and the Canaanite” – graduate elective|
Main Research Interests
Ceramic technology; material culture of the Late Bronze and Iron Ages; gender archaeology;
household archaeology; the archaeology of ethnic identity in border zones; methods of archaeological publication
Membership in Scholarly Associations
ASOR – American Schools of Oriental Research
IES – Israel Exploration Society
SBL - Society of Biblical Literature
Participation in International Conferences
- American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Annual Meetings:
2001, Boulder, Colorado: "The Significance of the Iron Age II Red Slip and Burnish Pottery Sequence at Tel Batash"
2003, Atlanta, GA.: "Iron Age Chronology at Tel Rehov"
2008, Boston, MA: "The Iron Age IIA Apiary from Tel Rehov"
2011, San Francisco, CA: "The Plain Pottery from the Repository Pit at Yavneh"
2012, Chicago, IL: “Preliminary Survey Excavations at Tel Abel Beth Maacah”
2013, Baltimore, MD: “The First Season of Excavations at Tel Abel Beth Maacah
- Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
2013, Baltimore, MD: Cult Objects and Religious Practices in the 10th and 9th Centuries BCE at Tel Rehov, Israel”
- Second Workshop on Levantine Ceramic Production and Distribution
Feb. 8-Feb. 10, 2013, Athens: Cultural Aspects of Fabric Variability-Tel Batash in the Shephelah in the 2nd Millennium
- International Conference on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE)
2008, Rome: "Ceramic Technology at the Transition from the Late Bronze Age to the Iron Age in Southern Canaan: Big Brother is Watching You"
2010, London: two presentations –
- "Egyptian and Canaanite Cultural Interaction at Beth-Shean: A Technological
- Perspective" (with Valentine Roux, CNRS, and Mario Martin, Austrian Academy of Sciences and Tel Aviv University)
"Tel Rehov in the Beth Shean Valley: Cultural Continuity and Change from the Late Bronze II to Iron II"
- International Late Bronze Age Conference, SCIEM (The Synchronization of Civilizations in the Eastern Mediterranean), Austrian Academy of Sciences
2003, Vienna: "The Late Bronze Age Ceramic Assemblage at Tel Batash: Strata XI–VI, Continuity and Change"
- The Bible and Radiocarbon Dating Symposium, Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies
2004, Oxford: "Tel Rehov: Stratigraphy, Chronology and Regionality"
- International Workshop: Techniques and People: anthropological perspectives on technology in the archaeology of the proto-historic and early historic periods in the Southern Levant, Centre de Recherche Francais de Jerusalem
2006, Jerusalem: "Technological Aspects of Pottery Production Processes in the Second Millennium BCE: Tel Batash as a Test Case"
- Forces of Transformation, the End of the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean, an International Symposium, St. John's College, University of Oxford
2007, Oxford: "The Organization of Ceramic Production during the Transition from the Late Bronze to the Iron Ages at Tel Batash in the Shephelah"
Main Past and Present Projects and Activities
- Initiation and Coordination, “Young Scholars’ Seminar”, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 2007-2010.
I initiated this seminar to provide a dynamic forum for M.A. and Ph.D. students to present their research in the framework of a support group composed of students, senior scholars and guests, meeting bi-weekly. This activity continues to be conducted to the present day, now run by a younger generation of students in the Institute.
- Initiation and Organization, “Pottery Technology Workshop” with guest lecturer Dr. Valentine Roux, CNRS, Paris. November 2007, January 2009.
My research association with Dr. Valentine Roux of the CNRS in Paris concerning ceramic technology led to my hosting her at the Institute of Archaeology for two intensive workshops, lasting two and three days each, in which some 15 students and scholars dealing with this topic participated, benefitting from Dr. Roux’s great expertise in this field.
- Initiation and Coordination, “Ceramic Technology Study Group” (bi-monthly meetings). 2007-2009.
This group was aimed at continuing the momentum created during the first workshop given by Dr. Roux (see above). Some 12-15 people met every two to three months in a different venue, where a scholar presented her or his research related to ceramic technology, and an in-depth discussion ensued.
- Participation in exhibitions of the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, including writing texts, curation, installment and dismantling. 1989 to present.
The City of David (Jerusalem, New Delhi)
From Abraham to Jesus (Tennessee, Oklahoma, U.S.)
Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible: Ancient Artifacts, Timeless Treasures (Texas, U.S.)
- Co-Director, Excavations at Tel Abel Beth Maacah. 2012-present
Initiation, organization and co-direction of a joint project of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University, Azusa Pacific University, California and Cornell University, NY, excavating a large multi-layered site with significant remains dating to the Bronze and Iron Ages, with the goal of exploring border zones at this meeting place between Arameans, Phoenicians and Israelites
- Ceramic Replication Projects, with potters Ora Mazar, Daphna Zuckerman
The replication of ceramic types aimed at using formation and firing techniques to better understand modes of social and economic organization. The project entails establishing a research protocol, working with the potter, and documenting the process for publication.
Two ongoing projects at present:
- Chalices from the Yavneh Favissa
- Iron Age II Black Juglets
- Member, Steering Committee of The Levantine Ceramics Project
The Levantine Ceramics Project, initiated by Prof. Andrea Berlin of Boston University, is a collaborative venture of archaeologists working in the modern countries of the Levant to make the evidence of ceramic wares, shapes, and laboratory analyses readily available. The website that is at the center of this project has the goal is to build a resource that will simplify the process of submitting, searching for, and using ceramic evidence so as to help advance broad comparative research on Levantine social, cultural, and economic history. An annual workshop bringing the website participants together takes place in the Danish Institute of Archaeology in Athens.
I am part of the Israeli steering committee of this broad project, with the task of facilitating the submission of local date to the website, searching for pertinent research projects and scholars to participate in the project, and formulating and organizing the session for the Israeli contingent for next year’s workshop.