Mordechay Benzaquen Academic Year 2014/15

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Mordechay Benzaquen Academic Year 2014/15

Country: Canada

Previous formal education: Hons. BA in Anthropology, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

International MA thesis track at Tel Aviv University: 

“The Archaeological Wood Remains of Tel Megiddo: Interpreting Environmental Conditions and Cultural Preferences Through the Analysis of Botanical Remains.”

Supervisor: Prof. Israel Finkelstein and Dr. Dafna Langgut

Tel Megiddo is a renowned archaeological site located in northern Israel within the periphery of the Jezreel valley. Despite the mild Mediterranean climate which characterizes the region, within Megiddo, organic materials have surprisingly endured throughout the ages allowing for significant archaeobotanical assemblage to be compiled. As the site has a remarkable and unparalleled control of chronology (both absolute and relative), and also a great number of well preserved botanical samples from secure starta, the primary aim of my research is to employ the botanical remains from Megiddo in conjunction with their stratigraphic context as a means for creating a paleoenvironmental profile for each relevant archaeological period (EB-IAII). These environmental profiles will likewise enable a better understanding regarding the interrelationship between society in Megiddo and the particular environment which they experienced.