Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Demorick Green, MELC Undergrad, Wins First Place at Research Week Poster Session

Wed, April 24, 2019
Demorick Green, MELC Undergrad, Wins First Place at Research Week Poster Session

Demorick Green Sr. majors in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. As a Mellon Mays Fellow, under the instruction of Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, Demorick is researching the migration patterns of people from the Kingdom of Israel after the 8th century B.C.E Assyrian Invasion. He plans to enroll in a graduate program in Archaeology. His main interests explore Ancient Israel's 8th century B.C.E and relations between people from the regions of Palestine to Egypt and throughout wider regions of Africa.

Demorick's thesis, The Lost tribes revisited: clues of Israelites deportees in the Neo-Assyria Empire, won first place during the 2019 Longhorn Research Poster Session. The School of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Research hosted events across the Forty Acres showcasing undergraduate research and creative projects for Research Week. Our thanks to everyone who participated in the week’s events. Thanks to a gift from Kimberly and Scott Martin, this year’s Longhorn Research Poster Session offered awards for students presenting research posters. Photos and details on the event and students recognition can be found here.

First Place Research Poster Winner, $2,000 – Demorick Green, “The Lost Tribes Revisited: Clues of Israelite Deportees in the Neo-Assyrian Empire.”

In the eighth century BCE, the Neo-Assyrian Empire, centered in what is today northwestern Iraq, conquered and subdued many surrounding territories in the region such as Egypt, Babylon, and the kingdoms of Israel and Judea. In 722/20 BCE, the Neo-Assyrian empire moved in to quash a rebellion in Israel (also known as Samaria) and resettled Israelite deportees in regions throughout the empire. According to the biblical narrative, this conquest and later deportations were due to Israel’s disobedience to its patron deity. The 722/20 BCE capture of Samaria is often interpreted in some streams of Christianity as the divine judgment of God and prophecy of what is colloquially called the “Lost Tribes of Israel.” My research examines what happened to these “lost” Israelites after their deportation and explores the problem of the cultural identity and conformity, or the lack thereof, of Israelites resettled in the Assyrian Empire. In my research, I seek to answer the following questions: How well did they adjust to life in new parts of the Assyrian Empire and what was there social and economic status?  Were the Israelites able to retain their ethnic identity? If they were able to retain their ethnic identity, what did that retention look like? To answer these questions, I explore archaeological data and historical sources from both Assyria and Judean and employ a diversity of philological and anthropological methods.

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