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View Lecture-Putting Down Roots: The sedentarization of the Bedouin of Southern Israel

On February 23, 2021, Dr Benjamin Saidel gave a virtual lecture exploring the Bedouin’s sedentarization. The Bedouin are usually thought of as nomads, moving from one temporary camp to another, this isn’t always the case. Dr. Saidel discussed the archaeological and historical evidence that demonstrates, in the early 20th century, the Bedouin of Israel’s Negev desert began to settle into sedentary communities.


Benjamin A. Saidel received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard University in 1998. He is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at East Carolina University where his areas of research include the archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, and ethnohistory of the Middle East.


This event was made possible by the Roberta Barkan Memorial Fund of the Jewish Studies Program, Purchase College-SUNY, supported in part by the Smart Family Foundation and   co-sponsored by the Purchase College History Department.