Daniel Master, Ph.D.

Professor of Archaeology
On Faculty since 2000

Office: BGC 540
Phone: (630)752-5277


2001 Doctor of Philosophy- Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Dissertation: The Seaport of Ashkelon in the Seventh Century BCE: a petrographic study

2000 Master of Arts- Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

1995 Master of Arts- Miami University, Ancient History

1992 Bachelor of Science- Philadelphia College of Bible, Bible

About Daniel Master

My archaeological research is part of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon (see web link below). The ancient city of Ashkelon was founded in the Stone Age and remained a major port until the end of the Crusades. This market town linked ancient highland kingdoms like Israel and Judah to lucrative Mediterranean markets.

Courses Taught

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Syria-Palestine
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Historical Geography
  • Old Testament Archaeology
  • Religions of Israel and the Ancient Near East
  • Advanced Seminar: Ashkelon and the Ports of the Mediterranean
  • Advanced Seminar: Greeks in the East
  • Advanced Seminar: Advanced Historical Geography
  • Advanced Seminar: Ancient Economy
  • Advanced Seminar: Social Background of the Biblical Writers
  • Advanced Seminar: Tell Dothan
  • Advanced Seminar: Maritime Archaeology
  • Advanced Seminar: The Late Bronze Age Transition in Palestine

Biblical Studies:

  • Old Testament Literature
  • Exodus
  • Deuteronomy


2012-2014 Co-Curator, “Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel,” Exhibition at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University

2011-2013 General Editor, Oxford Encyclopedia of Archaeology and the Bible

2008-9 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, Jerusalem

2007- Field Director, Co-Principal Investigator, Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon

2007- Research Associate, Harvard Semitic Museum, Harvard University

The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~semitic/ashkelon_dig.html

Wheaton College’s expedition to Tel Dothan, 1953-1964 http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~semitic/wl/publications/dothan1.html


2014 Michael Sabbane, Osnat Misch-Brandl, and Daniel M. Master, Masters of Fire: Copper Age Art from Israel, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

2014 Daniel M. Master and Lawrence E. Stager, “Buy Low, Sell High: The Marketplace in Ashkelon,” Bibilcal Archaeology Review 40 (1): 36-36, 69

2013 Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology, Daniel M. Master, General Editor, New York: Oxford University Press.

2013 Michael B. Toffolo, Eugenia Klein, Rivka Elbaum, Adam Aja, Daniel M. Master, Elisabetta Boaretto, “An early Iron Age assemblage of faience beads from Ashkelon, Israel: chemical composition and manufacturing process,” Journal of Archaeological Science 40 (2013): 3626-35.

2011 Lawrence E. Stager, Daniel M. Master, and J.David Schloen, Ashkelon 3: The Seventh Century B.C. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbruans.
Recipient of Levi-Sala Prize for best archaeological field report
Winner of Biblical Archaeology Review award for best archeological field report

2011 Daniel M. Master, Lawrence E. Stager, and Assaf Yasur-Landau, “Chronological Observations at the Dawn of the Iron Age in Ashkelon,” Ägypten und Levante

2011 Israel Finkelstein, Elena Zapassky, Yuval Gadot, Daniel M. Master, Lawrence E. Stager and Itzhak Benenson, “Phoenician “Torpedo” Storage Jars and Egypt: Standardization of Volume Based on Linear Dimensions.” Ägypten und Levante

2011 Daniel M. Master and Adam J. Aja, “The House Shrine of Ashkelon,” Israel Exploration Journal

2011 Daniel M. Master “Home Cooking at Ashkelon in the Bronze and Iron Ages,” Pp. 257-272 in On Cooking Pots, Drinking Cups, Loomweights and Ethnicity in Bronze Age Cyprus and Neighbouring Regions. Nicosia: A. G. Leventis Foundation.

2010 Haim Gitler and Daniel M. Master, “Cleopatra at Ascalon: Recent Finds from the Leon Levy Expedition.” Israel Numismatic Journal 5: 67-98.

2010 “Trade in I and II Kings” in The Books of Kings. ed. A. Lemaire, B. Halpern Supplements to Vetus Testamentum 129. Leiden: Brill.

2009 “The Renewal of Trade at Iron 1 Ashkelon” Eretz Israel 29: *111-122.

2009 “From the Buqêcah to Ashkelon” in Exploring the Longue Durée: Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

2008 Israelite Settlement at the Margins of the Northern Hill Country” in Critical Issues in Early Israelite History. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

2008 Lawrence E. Stager, J. David Schloen, Daniel M. Master, Ashkelon 1: Introduction and Overview (1985-2006). Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

2008 “Grid System and Field Methods” and “Stratigraphic Overview” in Ashkelon 1

2007 Review of Ashdod VI: The Excavations of Areas H and K (1968-1969), by Moshe Dothan and David Ben-Schlomo, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 347: 110-112

2005 Daniel M. Master, John M. Monson, Egon H.E. Lass, and George Pierce, Tell Dothan I. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

2005 “Iron I Chronology at Ashkelon: Preliminary Results of the Leon Levy Expedition,” in Radiocarbon Dating and the Bible, ed. T. Levy. Equinox.

2005 “ Ashkelon” in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books, ed. B. T. Arnold and H. G. M. Williamson. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press.

2004 “Reconstructing the Tenth Century in Ancient Israel,” Chapter 15 in One hundred years of American archaeology in the Middle East: proceedings of the American Schools of Oriental Research centennial celebration, Washington DC, April 2000, ed. D. R. Clark and V. H. Matthews. Boston, MA: American Schools of Oriental Research.

2003, “Trade and Politics: Ashkelon’s Balancing Act in the Seventh Century BCE,” Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 330: 47-63.

2003, Review of Tell Taannak 1963-1968, Vol IV.No 2: The Iron Age Cultic Structure, by Frank Frick, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 329: 81-82.

2003, John Monson and Daniel Master, “Symposium Honors Larry Stager,” Semitic Museum News, Harvard University 6(2): 1-4.

2002, Ballard, Robert D., Lawrence E. Stager, Daniel M. Master, Dana Yoerger, David Mindell, Louis L. Whitcomb, Hanumant Singh, and Dennis Piechota, “Iron Age Shipwrecks in Deep Water off Ashkelon, Israel,” American Journal of Archaeology.

2001, The Seaport of Ashkelon in the Seventh Century BCE: a petrographic study. Ph.D. dissertation presented to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.

2001, “State Formation Theory and the Kingdom of Ancient Israel,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 60 (2): 117-131.

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