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Benjamin A. Saidel

(PhD, Harvard University, 1998)
Office: 283 Flanagan Building
Telephone: (252) 737-1074
E-mail: saidelb@ecu.edu

About Me

Benjamin A. Saidel received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in 1998. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at East Carolina University. His areas of research include the archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and ethnohistory of the Middle East. Dr. Saidel is particularly interested in studying relations between nomadic peoples and states in this region from the present to the past. He has conducted ethnoarchaeological and archaeological fieldwork in southern Jordan and southern Israel, respectively. He is working with Dr. Mordechai Haiman on a joint a publication project entitled — Life and Death in the Desert: The Excavations at Hameara and Har Saggi in the Western Negev Highlands, Israel. This project is funded by the Shelby White - Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications and it is administered through the Semitic Museum at Harvard University. Dr. Saidel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the W.F. Albright Institute, Jerusalem, Israel (www.aiar.org).

Offprints of my publications are found on the following link:

http://ecu.academia.edu/BenjaminSaidel

Department News

Dr. Holly Mathews joined an interdisciplinary discussion panel on the Ebola Outbreak. The resulting article from the Daily Reflector describes the panel and discussion!
The Anthropology Student Organization (ASO) raised funds with Project Tumara to provide education and donations for the Ebola outbreak. Check out The East Carolinian for more details!
Dr. David Griffith received the Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Award and is announced as the Interim Director for the Institute of Coastal Science and Policy!
Check out the Department of Anthropology newsletter highlighting some of our recent activities! Download a copy here.

Congratulations to our graduate students published in the North Carolina Archaeology Journal!

  • New Data, Old Methods: The Rediscovery, Definition, and Functional Analysis of the George Moore House at Colonial Brunswick Town, by Jennifer L. Gabriel, pp. 71-93
  • NAGPRA's Impact on Academic Research in North Carolina and the Southeast, by William C. Broughton, pp. 94-121
  • Archaeologists as Activists: Can Archaeologists Change the World?, edited by M. Jay Stottman (book review), by Hannah P. Smith, pp. 130-136
Dr. Charles Ewen was elected president of the Society for Historic Archaeology, one of the largest anthropological organizations in the United States.
Dr. David Griffith recently received NSF funding for the research project "Managed Migration and the Value of Labor."