Professor David Frankel and Dr Jennifer Webb
Professor David Frankel was born in Johannesburg in 1946 and completed his schooling in Australia. He received a BA Honours and a Masters degree in archaeology from the University of Sydney and completed his PhD at the University of Gothenburg, where he specialised in Cypriot Bronze Age pottery under the supervision of the late Professor Paul Åström. From 1974 to 1978 he was employed in the Department of Western Asiatic Antiquities of The British Museum, before returning to Australia to take up a lectureship at La Trobe University where he is currently Professor in the Archaeology Program. David was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities of Australia in 1993 and from 1996 to 1998 served on the Humanities Panel of the Australian Research Council. He is a member of the Permanent Council of the International Union of Pre- and Proto-Historic Sciences.
Dr Jennifer Webb was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1953. She received a BA Honours from the University of Melbourne in 1973 and in 1988 completed a PhD on Ritual Architecture, Iconography and Practice in the Late Cypriot Bronze Age. She has held teaching and research positions at the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide and La Trobe University and an Australian Research Council Fellowship. She currently holds a Research Fellowship in the Archaeology Program at La Trobe University. Jenny was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Humanities of Australia in 2001 and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London, in 2009.
Both David Frankel and Jenny Webb specialise in the Early and Middle Bronze Age of Cyprus. Since 1990 they have co-directed excavations at a number of Chalcolithic and Early and Middle Bronze Age sites on the island. These include Marki Alonia (1990-2001), Deneia Kafkalla and Mali (2003-2004) and Politiko Kokkinorotsos (2007-2008). More recently they have published the results of the late Professor James Stewart's excavations at Karmi in northern Cyprus (with K.O. Eriksson and J.B. Hennessy). They are currently working on material from an Early Bronze Age cemetery at Psematismenos in southern Cyprus.
Frankel and Webb have jointly published five monographs in the SIMA series. Each has independently published another six books, many of which are also SIMA volumes, and a large number of book chapters, conference papers and journal articles. Their extensive experience in fieldwork, teaching and publication will be valuable assets in their new role as editors-in-chief of Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology.