Eric Cline, co-director of the Megiddo Expedition, retires from the Megiddo Expedition to pursue his many duties as co-director of the Kabri excavations, editor of BASOR, teacher, and researcher. The Megiddo Expedition thanks Eric for more than 20 years of contributing to the success of the Megiddo Expedition and for his friendship.
Effective immediately, Matthew J. Adams and Mario Martin join Israel Finkelstein as co-directors.
Dr. Adams is the Dorot Director of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. He has excavated at numerous sites in Egypt and Israel. He is also Director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, a survey and excavation project focusing on the entire Valley over time. In that context he is also Co-director of the JVRP Excavations at Legio, the base of the Roman VIth Legion at the foot of Tel Megiddo.
Dr. Mario Martin conducts research at the Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University and is the Co-director of the Megiddo Expedition. Martin, a distinguished field archaeologist, completed his doctorate work at the University of Vienna with Professor Manfred Bietak. Dr. Martin's extensive field experience includes his long-time work at the Austrian Archaeological Institute's expedition to Tell el-Dab’a, Egypt, as well as work at Tel Dor, Jaffa and Timna, Israel.
For me personally it is with great satisfaction that I see two of my Megiddo students (one of them joined at the age of 18!) become co-directors. I speak on behalf of the entire expedition in thanking Eric for his many years with us and wish him the best in the coming years; as I told him earlier today, he will remain a prominent member of the House of Lords of Megiddo/Armageddon...
The Megiddo Expedition is sad to announce the passing of Lord Allenby of Megiddo on Friday, October 3. Lord Allenby was a dear friend of the Megiddo Expedition. He was the great nephew of Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, who led the British army to victory over the Ottoman forces in the Levant in World War I. The Megiddo Expedition operated under his patronage. Lord Allenby visited the dig several times and participated in the excavations. יהי זיכרו ברוך, May his memory be blessed.
The Sonia and Marco Nadler Publications
department publishes the English language Monograph Series, the English
language journal, Tel Aviv, Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv
University, Tel Aviv Occasional Publications and Salvage Excavation Reports. The Monograph Series publishes
final reports of the Institute's major archaeological projects as well as
investigations in Near Eastern archaeology carried out by its members. Tel Aviv
is a peer-reviewed international journal that publishes articles on current
archaeological investigations in the Levant and critical studies related to the
history and culture of Near Eastern civilizations. While the journal features
articles dealing with the Classical and prehistoric periods, its primary focus
is on the biblical and protohistoric periods.
Salvage Excavation Reports focuses on recent salvage excavations conducted by Institute staff and students.
The 2014 Season is right around the corner, and this is the perfect time to get familiar with our goals for the summer (for last season's results see '2012 Results').
Area K: The focus will be on three main endeavors; (1) Exposure of late Middle Bronze Age domestic architecture, including the final exposure and removal of the Level K-10 building (transitional Middle Bronze/Late Bronze horizon) and penetration beneath. (2) Further work on the early Middle Bronze Age fortification system, including a massive mudbrick wall and the examination of the exterior glacis in a trial sounding on the slope. (3) Analysis of activity areas in the transitional Late Bronze-Iron Age street levels outside the domestic structures in cooperation with the staff and field laboratory of the Kimmel Center of Archaeological Science (Weizmann Institute).
Supervisor: Mario A.S. Martin
Area H: This season, the excavations will continue in the northern squares of the area, in order to fully expose the Late Bronze Age levels, which have already been partly excavated during the previous season.
Supervisor: Melissa Cradic
Area Q: The work on the pillared house, which was exposed last season, will continue. In addition, geo-archaeological work, in collaboration with the Weizmann institute staff, will continue on the destruction debris of stratum VIA.
Supervisor: Robert S. Homsher
Soundings: Additionally, in the upcoming season, soundings will be opened in three new locations: (1) Palace 1369 (known as 'the Assyrian Palace'), (2) in the vicinity of Palace 6000 (3) in the surrounds of Building 338. Our objective in each of these probes is to tackle some stratigraphical issues related to the city of the Iron Age IIA-B (Chicago University's strata V-IVA); for example, the date and function of Building 338.
Supervisor: Assaf Kleiman
See you all on the tel!
An “Archaeological science field school” is offered by the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. The purpose of the course is to expose students to interdisciplinary research that involves archaeology and the natural sciences, in the field. The students will experience interactive work that combines excavation and analysis of materials using an on-site laboratory. The course will emphasize the inter-connection between laboratory analyses and the archaeological context, and will include fieldwork, laboratory work, and lectures.
Course organizers and their fields of expertise:
Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto: chronology, radiocarbon dating, material analysis
Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross: geoarchaeology, micromorphology
Prof. Steve Weiner: mineralogical analyses, phytoliths, site formation processes
The course is organized in collaboration with Prof. Israel Finkelstein (Tel-Aviv University), director of the Tel Megiddo Expedition and with Dr. Ofer Marder (Ben-Gurion University) and Dr. Omry Barzilai (Israel Antiquities Authority) co-directors of the Manot Cave prehistoric excavation (www.facebook.com/manotcaveproject). Registered students will participate either in the excavation of the site Tel Megiddo (with Prof. Weiner and Dr. Shahack-Gross) or in the excavation of Manot Cave (with Dr. Boaretto). Four days of the field school will be devoted for on-site work, while the first and last days will be devoted for lectures and communication of the two sub-groups.
The course will take place between July 13th and 18th, 2014 (gathering on July 12th evening). Accommodation and food will be supplied by the excavations organizers. The cost is $500 per week.
Applications are limited for students from third year undergraduates through Masters and doctoral students. The best qualified 10 applicants will be selected. Applications should include one paragraph explaining why you are interested in participating in this course, which site you would prefer conducting the course at, CV, list of grades and two names of referees, and sent no later than March 15th 2014 to:
Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross
Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science
Weizmann Institute of Science