The Directors of the Expedition wish to send our most sincere THANK YOU to all of you who participated this season! This was one of the best seasons ever and this is due in large part to the enthusiastic, hard-working, and just plain amazing group of students and volunteers. We're already looking forward anxiously to 2018, when we know many of you will be back to do it again!
Israel, Matt, and Mario
Check out two new articles, which investigate different aspects of the life at Megiddo in the Bronze and Iron Ages.
Lidar Sapir-Hen, Aharon Sasson, Assaf Kleiman, & Israel Finkelstein, I. (2016), Social Stratification in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages: An Intra-Site Investigation at Megiddo. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 35: 47–73. doi: 10.1111/ojoa.12078
The article presents an intra-site investigation of the Strata VIIA and VIA faunal remains at Megiddo, Israel, which date to the LB III and late Iron I respectively. We examined social disparity between the populations of two areas of the city. Our finds indicate a difference in social status and division of labour: a dichotomy between producer-consumers and consumers, who most probably interacted. Viewed in light of other types of remains at Megiddo, these findings reveal that the inhabitants of one sector engaged in agriculture and cottage industries, while the people in the other part of the city, close to the palace, were more affluent – related to the local ruler and administrators. Our study demonstrates the potential in intra-site investigation at large, multi-period sites.
Lior Regev, Dan Cabanes, Robert Homsher, Assaf Kleiman, Steve Weiner, Israel Finkelstein, & Ruth Shahack-Gross (2015). Geoarchaeological Investigation in a Domestic Iron Age Quarter, Tel Megiddo, Israel. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 374, 135–157. http://doi.org/10.5615/bullamerschoorie.374.0135
During the ongoing excavations of Area Q at Tel Megiddo, a variety of on-site geoarchaeological analytical methods have been used in the study of Iron Age occupations dating to the Iron Age IIA. The aim of this approach is to optimally combine macroarchaeology with microarchaeology in order to reconstruct activities that were carried out within an Iron Age urban neighborhood. The macroscopic finds indicate that this area belonged to a quarter that features both domestic and public structures. Of particular interest are (a) evidence for abandonment and spatial differentiation of activities in Level Q-5 associated with a large, well-built structure with 18 pillars; and (b) localized small-scale destruction associated with ephemeral metalworking activity related to occupation during Level Q-4. Similar approaches have been carried out at other sites in Israel (e.g., Tel Dor and Tell eṣ-Ṣâfi/Gath), yet only at Megiddo have we been able to use these methods to study a large excavation area (ca. 200 m2). The results shed new light on the variability of human activities in public and domestic contexts in an urban environment, and contribute to understanding the uses of space and the phenomenon of destruction by fire.
Check Discover Magazine's last published article on our excavations at Megiddo. We hope that you'll enjoy reading it!
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.