Ashkelon Staff (as-of 2015)



Memorial to Professor Stager

Professor Lawrence E. Stager, Co-Director (publications)
Dorot Research Professor of the Archaeology of Israel
Director of the Semitic Museum, Harvard University
6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: (617) 495-9385



Professor Daniel M. Master, Co-Director (excavations)
Professor of Archaeology, Wheaton College
Wheaton Archaeology Museum
501 E. College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Telephone: (630) 752-5277


Dr. Adam Aja, Assistant Director 
Harvard Summer School Faculty
Assistant Curator of Collections, Semitic Museum
6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Telephone: (617) 495-3123


Dr. Kate Birney, Assistant Director
Assistant Professor, Wesleyan University    
Downey House 212
Middletown, CT 06459
Telephone: (860) 685-2067


Jimmi Carmi, Major Domo, Liaison for Expedition, Ashkelon


Field Staff

Grid Supervisors                                                
Janling Fu, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University
Tracy Hoffman, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Joshua Walton, Ph.D., Harvard University
Laura Wright, Ph.D., Luther College
Jonathan Wylie, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin

Square Supervisors
Rebekah Dutton, M.A., Wheaton College
Emily Erickson, B.A., University of Oregon
Sarah Walton, Ph.D. Candidate, Ohio State University

Meghan Gegner, B.A., Wheaton College
Megan Sauter, M.A., Wheaton College

Architects and Surveyors - GIS Team
George A. Pierce, Ph.D., Brigham Young University
Trent Dutton, M.A., Wheaton College
Jeffrey Finley, M.A., Wheaton College


Specialists (on-site)

Lawrence E. Stager
Tracy Hoffman
Daniel Master
Joshua Walton
Kate Birney

Simeon Ehrlich

Dr. John Marston, Boston University

Soil Analysis
Bridget Alex, Ph.D., Harvard University
additional specialists from Weizmann Institute as needed in coordination with Dr. Steve Weiner and Dr. Elizabeth Boaretto

Dr. Paula Wapnish, Bone Tool Analyst, Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Dierdre Fulton, Bone Analyst, Baylor University

Physical Anthropologist
Dr. Sherry Fox, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Melissa Aja

Volunteer Coordinator
Elise Ewert

Specialists (off-site or as needed)

The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon is member of the Weizmann Institute- Tel Aviv University project using life sciences to investigate ancient Israel.
Sandra Schloen, Computer Programmer, University of Chicago
Orna Cohen, Conservation, Jerusalem, Israel
Professor P. Kyle McCarter, Semitic Epigraphy
Dr. Stephen Moshier, Geology, Wheaton College
Dr. Haim Gitler, Numismatics, Israel Museum
Professor Mordechai Kislev, with Ehud Weiss and Yael Mahler-Slasky, Palaeobotany, Bar‑Ilan University
Dr. Patricia Smith, Physical Anthropology, Hebrew University


All photos and content copyright Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon. Sponsored by the Leon Levy Foundation