Assaf Yasur-Landau, Member, Advisory Council
Dr. Assaf Yasur-Landau is an Associate Professor in the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa, and a senior researcher at the Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies. In 2008 he founded the Laboratory for Coastal Archaeology and Underwater Survey at the University of Haifa, which is now the home for 12 graduate students who combine maritime and land archaeology in their research.
The archaeologist received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University. He was an Associate Member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and a Fulbright Scholar and a research associate of the Semitic Museum at Harvard University.
Yasur-Landau is a veteran of more than 20 excavation and survey seasons in Israel and the Aegean area, in capacities ranging from volunteer to director. Since 2005 he is also co-director for the excavations of the Canaanite Palace at Tel Kabri (with Dr. Eric H. Cline), a site which yielded Aegean-style wall paintings and extensive wine storerooms.
With more than 70 articles and five edited volumes published or in press, Yasur-Landau is best known for research concerning the Canaanites, Philistines and the interactions between the Aegean world and the Levant, with an emphasis on the investigation of the personal lives of ancient people and the study of political economy. His book, The Philistines and Aegean Migration in the Late Bronze Age (Cambridge and New York. Cambridge University Press), appeared in English (2010, 2014) and in Spanish (2012).
Since 2010 Yasur-Landau conducts underwater surveys at the Canaanite and Phoenician sites of Tel Achziv and Tel Dor, aiming to locate the Bronze and Iron Age anchorages as well as evidence of the role of maritime interactions in the economy of coastal settlements. The joint Sea and Land excavations at Dor, launched in 2016 in collaboration with Drs. Ayelet Gilboa, Ilan Sharon and Rebecca Martin, aim to create the first unified exploration of a harbor site, creating a stratigraphic sequence from the sea into the Tel.
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