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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

On February 19th, the Department celebrated National Anthropology Day by hosting a public open house. Displays were presented in the labs, and mini-lectures and anthropology films were presented. 

The North Carolina Studies program hosted Dr. Christine Avenarius for her lecture "What sea-level rise? An ethnographic account of Dare, Tyrrell and Hyde County residents' observations about environmental change".

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

 Linked by live video conferencing, Internet chat software and social media, ECU students were connected with their counterparts in different countries. Anthropology 1050: Global Understanding connected with Algerian students to discuss their cultures. Read the full article at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/globalclassroom.cfm

New edited volume from the British Archaeological Reports: Excavations in the Western Negev Highlands by Dr. Benjamin Saidel and Dr. Mordechai Haiman (Israel Antiquities Authority).

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.

 On Tuesday January 27, Dr. Bailey and three other professors shared the ins and outs of writing and publishing. This panel of authors answered questions about why they chose to write books, how they select their publishers, and how they balance teaching, research, and writing: offering advice for would-be authors based on personal experience.