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).
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