Vanessa Workman is a PhD student of archaeology at Bar-Ilan University. Her research centers on humanity's exploration of new materials and objects through technologies in ancient crafts and production. Vanessa investigates technological and sociocultural aspects of early iron production in the southern Levant, the way in which new metalworking practices manifested within the various societies that existed in the region in the 10-9th centuries BCE. This is accomplished through the examination of artifacts, byproducts and production debris found within excavations of ancient metal workshops. Using macro- and micro-archaeological approaches, she explores the modes in which cultures adopted new and complex metal technologies affected by factors such as cultural traditions, environmental conditions, and trade relations.