“Archaeological Expedition to Khitbat Iskandar”
James A. Sauer Fellowship, 2022 – 2023
La Sapienza, University of Rome
Maéva Lhériteau is a Master’s student in Oriental Archaeology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She has a bachelor’s degree in the history of Art and Archaeology from Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, and a First-Year master’s degree in Archaeology from Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, having completed a thesis on semi-precious stone beads in the Late-Bronze-Age Aegean. Her main interests are funerary archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and archeology of trade, especially that of jewelry made of gemstones. She has seven years of excavation experience, which has provided her with a wide range of field and laboratory training, from European Protohistory, through Roman antiquity and the Eastern world, to the medieval period. She has participated on various projects related to the Roman world, including the excavation of Porta Sarno in Pompeii where she was database and bone material supervisor. Currently, she is participating as a student on two projects: The Lebanese-Italian Archaeological Project in the Region of Tyre (Lebanon), and Khirbet Iskander (Jordan). Her own research involves the diffusion of semi-precious stone beads in the Levant through the Early and Middle Bronzes Ages, especially during EB IV–MB I, to understand not only if there are technical changes to the material, but also if this material can be used more consistently to identify socio-economic contexts and the meaning of ancient jewelry.