I am an archaeologist, educator, researcher, writer, public humanist, and archaeogamer located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
My scholarly work focuses on the intersection of religious material culture and the archaeology of the Ancient Near East, with a specific interest in ancient Judaism and early Christianity.
I grew up in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium and was as a child already fascinated by history, archaeological excavations, and the world of museums.
I ended up studying archaeology of the Ancient Near East at the University of Gent, Belgium and later moved to the Netherlands to study Hebrew and Aramaic at the University of Leiden. Before I moved to the US for my Ph.D. research, I worked at the National Museum of Antiquities of the Netherlands in a variety of positions. It is there that I discovered my love for artifacts, heritage management, and working in the public sector.
This dissertation website came together out of a longing for more free, open-access materials. Instead of publishing a book that will only be read by a few, I decided to offer my research and insights for free to everyone who is interested in the topic and has access to the internet.
You are free to download my excel files and use my graphs and tables for your own research. All I ask is that you cite my work. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to me!
If you are interested in other projects and organizations that I am involved in, you can check out the Horvat Kur Archaeological Excavations, ASOR, UNC Correctional Education, and the Save Ancient Studies Alliance.
Publications and CV:
Discord: Tine_Ras #5331
Department of Religious Studies
125 Carolina Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 2759