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Posts by Vanessa Workman

Tel Avivian Hot Spots for the International Archaeology Student

Posted by on May 20, 2015

Tel Avivian Hot Spots for the International Archaeology Student

If you’re feeling bold enough to venture out onto the streets, beyond the walls of the university, there is a world of history and culture waiting for you in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is known for its overflowing beaches, youthful residents, and edgy nightlife, but the ocean-side metropolis is not only a Mediterranean party hub. Between the coffee houses and beachside clubs, one can find vestiges of Tel Aviv’s long and multifarious history. After enjoying an Israeli breakfast at one of Tel Aviv’s hip cafes, meander your-cappuccino-fueled-self towards an enlightening cultural and historical...

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The International Program at the ASOR Conference

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015

The International Program at the ASOR Conference

Each year around the third week in November the world of Near Eastern archaeology packs its bags and heads to a designated city in the United States to convene, present, consume, discuss, and celebrate research happening worldwide at the annual ASOR (The American Schools of Oriental Research) Conference. It is an international affair. This year the ASOR conference was held in sunny San Diego, California, a desirable place to be in late November. Students from the international program, as well as professors and lecturers from the department, presented their research among a multitude of...

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My Top 5 Archaeological Related Experiences at TAU

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014

My Top 5 Archaeological Related Experiences at TAU

It’s been almost two years since I arrived in Tel Aviv in order to pursue an MA in Archaeology of Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. During this time I have trekked near and far throughout Israel, the Middle East, and Europe in pursuit of archaeological knowledge and adventure.  I must admit I am incredibly jealous of those of you who grew up in countries with a documented history older than a handful of centuries. Eastern and Western Europe and the Middle East have been like historical and archaeological playgrounds for me in the past two years and it is hard to choose only five things I’ve...

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What to Expect on the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition?

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014

What to Expect on the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition?

Digging season is only a few months away! As excitment and preparations for the third excavation season at Azekah are well felt all around here at TAU, I thought I’d share with you, dear excavators and digging enthusiasts, what to expect from the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition, based on my experience from last year’s dig. So get your trowel ready… And let’s go! Good morning! 4:00 A.M. wake-up calls are standard on any archaeological excavation where the late afternoon temperatures would find you in a puddle on the floor of the square you are digging. Better to...

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Behind the Scenes: an Inteview with Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of the International MA in Archaeology Program

Posted by on Dec 25, 2013

Behind the Scenes: an Inteview with Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of the International MA in Archaeology Program

 I recently sat with Dr. Alexander Fantalkin, a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, and our Pottery Typologies professor, to discuss his work in the Archaeology Department, and to get some expert advice to archaeology students. Alex, who did his BA, MA, and PhD at TAU along with additional training and research at King’s College in London, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and his post-doctorate in Berlin, specializes in the nature of connections between the ancient Levantine, Aegean, and Egyptian cultural spheres during the Iron Age. Alex’s projects often pursue...

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