The Dead Sea Region offers a lot in terms of nature, site seeing, and archaeology. If you plan on traveling to this region, please be mindful of the Israeli summer which can be extremely hot, especially during August, and especially in the desert.
Furthermore, be very mindful, especially if you are driving yourself, of where you are going, and that you are not crossing into the Palestinian Territories. It is illegal for Israeli citizens, for example, to enter Jericho. So always know where you are going, who you are going with, and always be safe.
So, Assaf, tell us a little about yourself
I’m a Ph.D. candidate at Tel Aviv University, my PhD dissertation deals with the material culture of the border regions between the Northern Kingdom and Aram Damascus; it is funded by the Sinergia project (“The History of the Pentateuch: Combining Literary and Archaeological Approaches”), which is a joint project between Tel Aviv, Zurich and Lausanne universities. My thesis, which was written under the supervision of Prof. Israel Finkelstein, focused on the history of the central Coastal Plain during the tenth and ninth centuries BCE. I’ve been a staff member of the Megiddo Expedition since 2010.
Erin is a Ph.D. candidate at Tel Aviv University, writing her dissertation on cult in the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
She is also a staff member at the Megiddo Expedition, and has also worked at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Tel Azekah and in the Negev Highlands, so she is an excellent person to ask for advice on packing for an excavation.
This beautiful archaeological site is Kiriath-Jearim’s sister excavation, as we share a director, Professor Israel Finkelstien. The excavations at Megiddo take place, every other year, so this year (2017) our director, as well as other staff members, will be at Kiriath-Jearim digging with us.
Megiddo is the jewel in the crown of biblical archaeology. Strategically perched above the most important land route in the ancient Near East, the city dominated international traffic for over 6,000 years — from ca. 7,000 B.C.E. through to biblical times. As civilizations came and went, succeeding settlements at ancient Megiddo were built on the ruins of their predecessors, creating a multi-layered archaeological legacy that abounds in unparalleled treasures that include monumental temples, lavish palaces, mighty fortifications, and remarkably-engineered water systems.
Jerusalem is just a short 30 minute car ride from the site.
Israel Finkelstein and Thomas Römer will be visiting Kiriath-Jearim on 19 December 2016, 11:11 and it will be livestreamed!
Details will follow. Stay updated at the Kiriath-Jearim Expedition Facebook page!