(PhD, University of Arizona, 2005)
Office: 225 Flanagan Building
Telephone: (252) 328-9432
I am an archaeologist and an associate professor in the anthropology department. My area of interest is the archaeology of the Middle East and within that area my professional research focuses on the Mediterranean Bronze and Iron Ages, the study of ancient technologies, particularly ancient weaving technologies, and Archaeology and the Bible. My current research is on ancient textile production processes and organic residue analysis in archaeology, for which I have received several grants.
I began my archaeological career in 1988 as a volunteer with The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, Israel. After completing my BA in History at Georgetown University, I travelled in the Middle East for a number of years, during which time I excavated at archaeological sites in Israel and Jordan, and worked for two years for the Israel Antiquities Authority at the Roman-Byzantine site of Beth-Shean. I earned My PhD in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona in 2005. My dissertation on the Philistines is based on materials from the site of Tel Miqne-Ekron and I have continued to be involved with the publication of that excavation project. I began teaching at ECU in 2005, and joined the faculty in the Anthropology Department in 2009.
My current research is a collaborative project to investigate the function of ancient bathtubs. Were they used for bathing, burial or crafts production? To answer this question, I am drawing from a number of different disciplines, including Archaeology, Classics, Chemistry, Fine Arts and History. There are a number of opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate student involvement in this project and I encourage anyone interested to contact me.
Courses that I teach include:
Archaeology Around the World
Archaeology of the Old Testament World
Archaeology of the New Testament World
Archaeology of Egypt
Introduction to the Old Testament
Aliens, Atlantis and Archaeology
Mazow, L., Mitra, S., Grieve, S. Carman, S. and Herrmann, V. (2016). Extraction and Analysis of Total Lipids in Reference Materials and from Soil Particles in a Bath-shaped Vessel from Zincirli, Ancient Sam’al., Turkey. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 8: 63-69.
Mazow, L., Grieve, S. and Kennedy, A. (2014). Contamination in Organic Residue Analysis: A Cautionary Tale. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, 2.2: 90–109.
Mazow, L. (2014). The Root of the Problem: On the Relationship between Wool Processing and Lanolin Production. Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology, 27.1: 33–50.
Mazow, L. (2014). Competing Material Culture: Philistine Identity at Tel Miqne-Ekron in the Early Iron Age, pp. 131–163, in Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin, ed. John Spencer, Robert A. Mullins and Aaron J. Brody. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.
Mazow, L. (2013) “A Bathtub Murder”: (RE)Investigating Mesopotamian Bathtub Coffins. ASOR blog http://asorblog.org/2013/11/26/a-bathtub-murder-reinvestigating-mesopotamian-bathtub-coffins/
Mazow, L. (2013). Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Innovations in Mediterranean Textile Production, pp. 215-223, in Textile Production and Consumption in the Ancient Near East, ed. M. L. Nosch and E. Anderson (Oxford: Oxbow Books).
A. Yasur-Landau, J. Ebeling and L. Mazow, L. (2011) Household Archeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond. Leiden: Brill.
Mazow, L. (2008). The Industrious Sea Peoples: The Evidence of Aegean-Style Textile Production in Cyprus and the Southern Levant, in Cyprus, the Sea Peoples and the Eastern Mediterranean, ed. Timothy Harrison. Scripta Mediterranea, Vol XXVII-XXVIII, pp. 291-321.
Bathtub Research Project
There are a few GA positions available next year looking at enviro anth and climate change issues. If you are interested as an incoming grad student, See for more information.
Dr. Ewen will be the featured speaker at the HCAS reception. See flyer for details
Dr, Bailey's article, "A New Online Strategy in Teaching Racial and Ethnic Health and Health Disparities to Public Health Professionals" was accepted by the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. It will appear in the 2016 issue of the Journal.
Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands: Results of the Negev Emergency Survey 1978-89 by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and co-author M. Haimon was published December 2014 by British Archaeological Reports. See here for more.
Dr. Holly Mathews and Dr. Laura Mazow were recognized for their outstanding teaching methods by students during the Spring 2015 semester from the College STAR.
Student response for Dr. Mathews:
"She gives feedback and forces her students to expand their mind and explore alternate theories or explanations. She wants her students to discuss topics in class instead of just listening to her talk the entire time."
Student response for Dr. Mazow:
"We have a small class which allows many opportunities for a lot of class discussion...She always provides feedback and answers to our journal entries and is always available when we need help."
Congratulations to them both!