Dr. Alexandra Ratzlaff
Alexandra Ratzlaff is a Classical and Near Eastern archaeologist specializing in the eastern Mediterranean. As a field archaeologist, her projects have been primarily in Israel, focused on the Late Roman Fort at Yotvata; the Middle Bronze Age Palace at Tel Kabri where she is currently Associate Director; and the Hellenistic – Byzantine coastal and maritime presence at Tel Achziv, Tel Dor, and Caesarea. Her current research examines the impact of maritime trade at small harbors on the Late Antique Economy of the central Levantine coast. This includes a previous coastal survey from Achziv to Ashkelon (modern Israeli coast). As an extension of this research she is currently publishing the ceramic remains from the Hellenistic harbor at Akko and Hellenistic/early Roman excavations at Achziv, and Roman Dor. A new technological survey project at Krokodeilon (Tel Tanninim) will focus on the Hellenistic – Byzantine remains at the coastal site. She is also the Project Lead for the Brandeis Techne Group at Autodesk, a long-term research project aimed at developing new equipment and methodologies for digital imaging in archaeology and the humanities. Ratzlaff’s research has been funded by the US Department of State – Bureau Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, and the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies.