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Laura Mazow

(PhD, University of Arizona, 2005)
Office: 225 Flanagan Building
Telephone: (252) 328-9432
E-mail: mazowl@ecu.edu

About Me

I am an archaeologist and an assistant 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 traveled 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 using archaeological and conservation science to investigate the function of ancient bathtubs. Were they used for bathing, burial or crafts production? To answer this question, we are 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

Selected Publications

In Press (Fall 2012), “Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater: Innovations in Mediterranean Textile Production at the End of the 2nd/Beginning of the 1st Millennium BCE,” in Textile Production in the Ancient Near East, ed. Marie Louise Nosch and Eva Anderson. (Oxford: Oxbow Books).

Forthcoming, “Competing Material Culture: Philistine Identity at Tel Miqne-Ekron in the Early Iron Age,” in ASOR Annual, ed. Aaron Brody, Robert Mullins and John Spencer, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns.

2011 Household Archeology in Ancient Israel and Beyond (co-edited with A. Yasur-Landau and J. Ebeling). (Leiden: Brill).

2008 The Industrious Sea Peoples: The Evidence of Aegean-Style Textile Production in Cyprus and the Southern Levant, in “Cyprus, theSea Peoples and the Eastern Mediterranean,” ed. Timothy Harrison. Scripta Mediterranea, Vol XXVII-XXVIII, pp. 291-321.

Website

Bathtub Research Project

Mazowbathtub

Department News

Check out the accomplishments and activities of the Anthropology Student Organization in the latest Annual Report!

 Congratulations to all of our new graduates in Anthropology! The graduation ceremony was held on Friday and was well attended by family and friends. Thanks to all of our faculty and staff that helped make the event a success! Check out one of our featured graduates interviewed on WNCT!

The Anthropology Student Organization (ANSO) raised $750 during a bake sale over 3 days for earthquake survivors in Nepal.  Proceeds were sent to Direct Relief, a nonprofit which works with local Non-Governmental Organizations: http://www.directrelief.org/emergency/ Thank you for everyone's support!

 Check out the latest Department of Anthropology Spring 2015 newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

 Discovery is a core characteristic of pirates at ECU! See our Anthropology summer field school student, Mansi Trivedi, explain some of the discoveries in Jordan on the latest ECU Values video.