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Ann Killebrew

Ann Killebrew

Associate Professor, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Jewish Studies, and Anthropology

319 Weaver Building University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1686


  1. PhD: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999
  2. MA: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1989
  3. BA: The University of California, Irvine, 1976


I am archaeologist of the Levant who has conducted field work for the past 35 years in Israel, Turkey and Egypt.  My research interests include the Bronze and Iron Ages in the eastern Mediterranean, ancient ceramic studies, Roman and Byzantine Palestine, new technologies and 3D documentation in archaeology, and heritage studies/public archaeology.  I have participated or directed archaeological projects at numerous sites in Israel including Jericho, Deir el-Balah, Tel Miqne-Ekron, Tel Beth Shean, Megiddo, Qasrin, and Qasyon, as well as a six-year landscape archaeological survey in Cilicia, Turkey. I am currently the co-director of the Tel Akko “Total Archaeology” project, located at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Akko. This project also serves as an archaeological field school for Penn State students. I am the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Pennsylvania State University Press.

Selected Recent Publications:

The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant (co-edited with M. Steiner). Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

The Philistines and Other “Sea Peoples” in Text and Archaeology (co-edited with G. Lehmann). Society of Biblical Literature Archaeology and Biblical Studies 15. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013.

The Tel Akko Total Archaeology Project (Akko, Israel): Assessing the Suitability of Multi-Scale 3D Field Recording in Archaeology (with B. R. Olson, R. A. Placchetti, and J. Quartermaine). Journal of Field Archaeology 38/3 (2013): 244–262.

Qazion: A Late Second–Early Third-Century CE Rural Cultic Complex in the Upper Galilee Dedicated to Septimus Severus and His Family. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean and Heritage Studies 1/2 (2013): 113–160.

Jerusalem during the First and Second Temple Periods: Recent Excavations and Discoveries on and Near the Temple Mount. Pages 365–386 in The Temple of Jerusalem: From Moses to the Messiah. In Honor of Professor Louis H. Feldman, ed. S. Fine. Brill Reference Library of Judaism 29. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Palace 6000 at Megiddo in Context: Iron Age Central Hall Tetra-Partite Residencies and the Bīt-Ḫilāni Building Tradition in the Levant (with G. Lehmann). Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 359 (2010): 13–33.

Village and Countryside. Pages 189–209 in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine, ed. C. Hezser. Oxford Handbooks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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