Conferences & Visits
Many of students of the Department and Institute travel the world, effectively networking and collaborating with international research projects, institutions, and fellow scholars. Students represented the University at a number of levels, participating in archaeological excavations, organizing and participating in conferences, and studying abroad. Visiting scholars provide students and staff with the opportunity to learn the latest in international academic research.
‘Jerusalem Day’ Scholarly Speakeasy: May 24, 2017
During the summer, The Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute ofArchaeology, together with the popular Tel Aviv pub ‘Hanasich’ (The Prince) hosted an evening of open lectures. A spotlight series, the lectures focused on the history and archaeology of Jerusalem. The evening, hosted by Alon Arad and Naama Walzer (Tel Aviv University M.A. students), began with a lecture by Dr. Yuval Gadot, ‘Jerusalem from a Birds Eye’, as he introduced the audience to the long history of archaeological research in the city. Following Yuval, his student Helena Roth (Tel Aviv University Ph.D. candidate) lectured on Jerusalem during the Roman period.
from the excavation of an Iron Age temple in Moza, as a case study of the origin of cult in Iron Age Judah. The event was attended by members of the Institute as well as the public, and was a relaxed and enjoyable opportunity to relate the discoveries
of Tel Aviv University scholars with the wider community.
New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Surrounding: The 11th Annual Conference: October 18–19, 2017
New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and Its Surrounding is an annual academic conference, organised by The Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University together with the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Department of Archaeology at the Hebrew University. The conference possesses a high academic and public profile, as each year new findings, as well as cutting-edge research concerning Jerusalem’s archaeology and history, are presented.
In 2017 the conference marked 50 years of Israeli archaeology in Jerusalem. To celebrate this fact, the conference was enlarged to include an ‘International Day’. The day allowed scholars from Israel and abroad to present and discuss the impact of archaeology on the city’s landscape, and the ways in which archaeology is shaped by the radical pace of urban development in the city.
Several staff and students represented the Tel Aviv University archaeology department and Institute. Israel Finkelstein and Benjamin Sass were invited to debate with Christopher A. Rollston over the question of literacy in Jerusalem during the Iron Age IIA period (10th - 9th centuries BCE). Alternatively, Guy Stiebel and Benjamin Isaac (from the Department of Classical Studies, Tel Aviv University), Alexander Wiegmann (Israel Antiquities Authority) and Yaron Rosenthal, presented a new and spectacular finding of a Roman Milestone, recovered on the road between Jerusalem and Bet Guvrin. Liora Freud presented new insights into the changes and continuity of pottery production traditions, following the destruction of Judah (586 BCE) up until the Persian takeover. Shua Kisilevtiz together with Dafna Langgut joined forces with scholars from the Israel Antiquities Authority and University of Haifa and presented new insights into the burial customs during the Middle Bronze Age in light of the recent excavations at Manahat Spur, in the western neighbourhood of Jerusalem.
Young Scholars Conference: Transcending Time: November 2, 2017
Hosted by Tel Aviv University, The Young Scholars of Archaeology Conference was a daylong event of presentations from young scholars (students of M.A. or Ph.D. status) from across Israel. The conference theme, ‘Transcending Time’, asked speakers to emphasise the methodologies that they employ in the study of specific archaeological material or phenomena. The methodological focus of the conference was designed to draw the students of various ancient periods together, in a bid to increase cross-disciplinary cooperation and discussion.
The day was a great success, with presentations from students of Tel Aviv University, University of Haifa, Bar Ilan University, and Hebrew University. Post-presentation discussion was lively and engaging, as speakers presented a range of methodologies, e.g., metallurgy, garbology, OSL analysis, archaeobotany, zooarchaeology, 3D modelling, anthropology, experimental archaeology, and surveying.
Priests and Priesthood in the Near East: Social, Intellectual, and Economic Aspects: March 19th–21th, 2018
The international conference was held by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. The conference played host to 25 participants from eight different countries.
The conference dealt with priestly communities in the ancient Near East, affording vistas also westwards to the Greek and Roman World, and eastwards to India and Japan. Our specialists on priestly traditions in India and Medieval Japan offered a fresh and provocative discussion of the issues at hand, as well as a longue-durée perspective of the priestly classes of society.
Our overall goal was to investigate how individual and collective identities of priests were fashioned: we wanted to discuss how priests defined their role and aspired to integrate into a particular social, economic and religious environment. We also asked by which the means priests manipulated sociopolitical matrices in order to gain status or wealth.
The conference was generously funded by, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Fund for the Advancement of Humanities and Social Sciences in Israel (The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities), and Tel Aviv University