Dr. Edward Maher


Dr. Edward F. Maher is the zooarchaeologist of the Khirbet el-Mastarah excavation project. He serves as Lecturer of Anthropology at North Central College, in Naperville, Illinois. He completed his M.A. at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium in 1997 and his Ph.D. in 2003 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois. His main research interests include Bronze and Iron Age Levantine archaeology, empire, economies, ritual, animal sacrifice, trade, and site abandonment. He has been involved with archaeological field excavations since 1993. He has studied the faunal remains from many sites in Israel, including Ashdod, Akko, Azor, Tel el-Farah (south), Tel Harasim, Jaffa, Tell Jemmeh, Lachish, Tel Miqne-Ekron, Tel Mor, Tel Shadud, Khirbet Summeily, Qubur al-Walaydah, and Tel Zayit. He has also conducted zooarchaeological analysis from Mudaybi in Jordan, Zincirli in Turkey, and the Classic Period Zapotec site of El Palmillo in Mexico. He has authored numerous faunal articles, some of which have appeared as volume chapters, including: “Flair of the Dog: The Philistine Consumption of Canids,” in The Wide Lens in Archaeology: Honoring Brian Hesse’s Contributions to Anthropological Archaeology (Atlanta, GA: Lockwood Press, 2016) and “Lambs to the Slaughter: Cultic Orientations at Philistine Ekron in the 7th century BCE,” in Material Culture Matters: Essays on the Archaeology of the Southern Levant in Honor of Seymour Gitin (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2014). An avid collector of comic books and a lifelong fan of hockey and heavy metal, he and his wife have no children but are kept busy tending to their three cats.