Liat Naeh investigates the idiosyncratic features of Levantine artistic practices and ideology in an age of global exchange focusing on the art, archaeology, and religion of the Bronze and Iron Ages Levant and the ancient Mediterranean. She is completing her doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where her dissertation identifies unrecognized Levantine religious perceptions through the study of bone and ivory-inlaid boxes from the Middle Bronze Age. She was previously an Associate Research Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Naeh has published extensively on newly excavated art and cult objects from southern Levantine sites. In 2017, her article “In Search of Identity: The Contribution of Recent Finds to Our Understanding of Iron Age Ivory Objects in the Material Culture of the Southern Levant,” which revisited the unsolved question of southern Levantine production of ivories during the Iron Age, won the Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize for best student paper in the field of Syro-Palestinian or biblical archaeology. Her MA thesis, which examined the use and manufacture of miniature vessels and seven-cupped bowls in the Middle Bronze Age cult site of Nahariya, Israel, was awarded the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.

Fostering a keen interest in ancient furniture and its ritualistic use, Naeh is the co-editor of a collection of articles on ancient thrones in the Near East titled “The Throne in Art and Archaeology: From the Dawn of the Ancient Near East until the Late Medieval Period” (with Dana Brostowsky Gilboa, to be published by the Austrian Academy of Sciences). At Bard Graduate Center, she will focus on her new project “The Ivory Throne of the Levantines.” This project will involve interpreting Levantine archaeological finds and studying comperanda at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in order to define and reconstruct a previously unknown class of Canaanite Bronze Age ivory thrones that embodied an amalgamation of local and global concepts of authority.