The History of The Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology

Late Prof. Yohanan Aharoni with his students at Tel Arad
Late Prof. Yohanan Aharoni with his students at Tel Arad


Director of the Institute: Prof. Oded Lipschits

Administrative Manager: Nirit Kedem  


The Institute of Archaeology was founded in October 1968 by the late Professor Y. Aharoni. Today it is a self-sufficient research facility with a large staff that provides the administrative and scientific assistance as well as the technical facilities necessary to carry out independent archaeological projects. These activities are sponsored mainly by the Sonia and Marco Nadler Fund and in part by the Friends of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University.


Since its establishment, the Institute has been intensively involved in many major interdisciplinary archaeological projects. Excavation of sites such as Tel Aphek-Antipatris, Tel Arad, Tel Beer-sheba, Tel Bet Shemesh, Tel Hadar, Horvat Qitmit, Horvat 'Uza, Tel 'Ira, Tel Jezreel, Tel Gerisa, Tel Yafo, Tel Kabri, Lachish, Tel Michal and Tel Megiddo has contributed to a better understanding of the archaeology and historical geography of biblical Israel. The archaeology of proto-historic and prehistoric periods has been investigated at Nahal Qanah, Nahal Zehora, and sites in the Sinai. Currently, the archeologists of the Institute are systematically excavating the sites of Tel Megiddo ,Tel Bet Shemesh, Tel Azekah, Tel Beth Yerah, Apollonia-Arsuf, the City of David in Jerusalem, Kiriath-jearim, Ashdod-Yam, Masada and Tel Hadid, as well as the prehistoric Qesem cave. In addition, the Institute is undertaking several salvage excavations.


The Institute’s research facilities include archaeozoology, archaeobotany, petrography and metallurgy laboratories. These analyze and evaluate non-artifactual data that supplement the socio-economic picture of ancient communities provided by artifactual records. In addition, the services of a conservation laboratory, a pottery restoration workshop, a photography studio and a graphics department are available to the field archaeologists.


The publications division, now sponsored by the Friends of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University, was set up in 1973 to enable in-house publication of the results of field investigations carried out under the auspices of the Institute and to provide a forum for articles dealing with subjects arising from field studies.


Research is encouraged by a comprehensive and well-stocked reference library and a rich study collection of ancient pottery and other finds from major archaeological excavations.



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