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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. Charles Ewen interviewed for the New York Times. Is it the Roanoke Island Colony? Read more to find out!

This summer two undergraduate anthropology students at East Carolina University, Tyler Beasley and Anna Lawrence, worked as interns for the Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development through the State Employees' Credit Union Foundation public service internship program. Both interns worked on research projects aimed at improving economic development by better understanding the needs of the local business community.

 

Marina Clough, also an undergraduate anthropology student at East Carolina University, completed an internship at Wanchese Industrial Park and provided an overview of webpages and print media that write or advertise about sailing related events, helped plan the Regatta of Sail NC and conducted 40 interviews with participants.

 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!