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Matthias BÜRGI: “Landscape Ecology and Landscape Archaeology”
PD Dr. Matthias Bürgi’s primary research interest is combining approaches from landscape ecology, historical ecology, and environmental history to study the interrelationship of natural and historic driving forces of landscape changes. He is head of the Research Unit “Land Change Science” at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Birmensdorf, Switzerland.
Gary M. FEINMAN: “Reframing Politics in the Deep Past”
Gary M. Feinman is the MacArthur Curator of Mesoamerican, Central American, and East Asian Anthropology at The Field Museum, Chicago, IL. He has co-directed long-term archaeological field programs in Oaxaca, Mexico and Shandong, China, and has also studied in the U.S. Southwest. His research interests include comparative studies of leadership, cooperation, and inequality, preindustrial economics, urbanism, and the complex relations between humans and environments over time. Feinman is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received the Presidential Recognition Award from the Society for American Archaeology. He is the founding and contact coeditor for the Journal of Archaeological Research, and has published more than 15 books and 200 scholarly articles, review, and chapters.
Erez BEN-YOSEF: “Long-distance trade, patterns of resource use (esp. metallurgy but other resources as well) in the Levant and Anatolia”
Erez Ben-Yosef studied archaeology and geology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.A., B.Sc., M.Sc.) and archaeology and anthropology at the University of California, San Diego (M.A., Ph.D.). His doctoral dissertation, entitled Technology and Social Process: Oscillations in Iron Age Copper Production and Power in Southern Jordan was published in 2010 and presents results of six years of field and laboratory research on the copper mines of the southern Levant (Jordan and Israel). During 2010-2011 he carried out postdoctoral research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, focusing on the ancient copper mines of Cyprus and the application of slag material in geomagnetic research. Since 2011 he teaches at the department of archaeology and the graduate program in archaeology and archaeomaterials at Tel Aviv University. Ben-Yosef has authored multiple research papers on archaeometallurgy, archaeomagnetism and Iron Age archaeology. He is currently directing the Central Timna Valley (CTV) Project – a multidisciplinary research into Iron Age copper production in the southern Levant. The project, supported by the Yad Hanadiv Foundation’s Yizhar Hirschfeld Memorial Fellowship in Archaeology and the Marie Curie PEOPLE grant, includes new excavations and surveys, as well as laboratory analyses at TAU and abroad, aimed at elucidating various aspects of ancient human exploitation of a limited natural resource.