Israel Finkelstein is the Jacob Alkow Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel Aviv University. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and a ‘correspondant étranger’ of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres.
Finkelstein is the Laureate of the Dan David Prize in the Past Dimension, Archaeology, 2005. In 2009 he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and in 2010 received a doctorate Doctorate honoris causa from the University of Lausanne. Finkelstein is the winner of the Prix Delalande Guérineau (2014), awarded by the Institut de France, l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.
Professor Thomas Römer (1955), German and Swiss citizen, Professor at the College de France (chair ”The Bible and its contexts”) since 2007. Since 1993 Professor at the University of Lausanne, where has served as Vice-Dean and Dean, Faculty of Theology and Sciences of Religions 2011: Sackler Lecturer, University of Tel Aviv.
2015: Doctor honoris causa of Tel Aviv University; Cultural Prize of the Leenhardts Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland. 2016: elected at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres.
Current research: the Formation of the Torah, the question of the So-called Deuteronomistic History; Moses Traditions Inside and outside the Bible. Member of Several Editorial Committees. Chief Editor of “Ancient Israel and Its Literature” (SBLAIL, Atlanta), ““Le Monde de la Bible”, (Labor et Fides, Geneva).
Recent Publications: The So-Called Deuteronomistic History: A Sociological, Historical and Literary Introduction (London – New York 2005), L‘invention de Dieu (Paris 2014 ; paperback edition 2017 ; English Translation : The Invention of God, Harvard University Press 2015; Portuguese [Brazilian] translation 2016). This book received the Bernheim Price of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres. 2015.
Christophe Nicolle is an archaeologist specializist of pre-classical Middle East archaeology, working in different regions (Northern Mesopotamia, Northern Levant, South Levant), participating or directing to several excavations or surveys over periods ranging mainly from the Chalcolithic to the Late Bronze Age. Former member of the French Institute of the Near East, researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research, he works actually in a team of the Collège de France directed by Professor Thomas Römer.
Sivan has been working alongside Israel Finkelstein for the past decade. She is the administrator of the Kiriath-Jearim Expedition as well as the Megiddo Expedition. She wrote her masters on the microarchaeology of destruction layers in archaeological site at Tel Aviv University with the cooperation of the Weizmann Institute.
Team and Educational Program
Dr. Margaret Cohen has taught ancient history and religious studies at Penn State University and Lycoming College in the U.S. Her research interests include compositional history of the biblical text, Iron Age cult, and ancient foodways, and her current project explores the role of the Jezreel Valley as depicted in the Hebrew Bible, and as supported by archaeology of the Iron Age, specifically as relates to the politics of food. She has excavated at numerous archaeological sites in Israel, Jordan and Egypt and is currently an associate fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.
Data Recording and Tech
Omer is a graduate student, currently working on Late Bronze Age pottery in the Shephelah region, Israel, under the supervision of prof. Shlomo Bunimovitz. In addition to the Kiryat Jearim expedition, he is also a part of the Tell Beth Shemesh and Masada expeditions. Omer specializes in digital applications in archaeology, and will be in charge of digital recording at Kiryat Jearim in the coming season.
Assaf Kleiman is a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. His M.A thesis dealt with the Iron Age IIA ceramic assemblage exposed during the 1970’s at Tel Aphek. In his doctoral studies, he examines the settlement history and material culture of the border regions between the Northern Kingdom and Aram Damascus. He also a senior staff member of the Megiddo expedition.
Zach is a Ph.D. candidate working in Geoarchaeology under the supervision of Prof. Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University and Prof. Ruth Shahack-Gross of the University of Haifa. His dissertation focuses on the Intermediate Bronze Age (c. 2500-1950 BCE) settlement phenomena in the arid Negev Highlands through a microarchaeological perspective. Zach received his B.A. in Archaeology and Classics at George Washington University in Washington, DC, followed by an M.A. in Archaeology of Ancient Israel at Tel Aviv University.
Zach has excavated extensively in Israel, including Megiddo (2008, 2012-present), Tel Kabri (2009, 2013), and for his PhD has led geoarchaeological investigations at a number of Early Bronze (c. 3600-2500 BCE) and Intermediate Bronze Age (c. 2500-1950 BCE) sites in the Negev Highlands (2012-present).
Juliette Mas is an archaeologist, specialized in Near Eastern pre-classic pottery and domestic architecture. She defended her PhD in 2013 at the University of Lyon (France) before being awarded a Post-doctoral fellowship (2013-2016) at the University of Liege (Belgium). She is currently a grantee of the Getty Institute and of the Leon Levy Foundation within the framework of the Shelby White – Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications (Harvard University, USA) and she is an associated researcher of the UMR 7192 – PROCLAC (CNRS, EPHE, Collège de France). Since 2001, Juliette Mas is involved in different international archaeological missions working in the Near East.
Erin is a Ph.D student in Tel Aviv University’s Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures. Her doctoral studies focus on cult in the Northern Kingdom of Israel from the Iron I-IIB. Erin also completed her M. A. at Tel Aviv, and her thesis dealt with an early Iron Age hoard of metallic objects from Megiddo’s Area Q.
Naama is working on finishing her masters under the supervision of Prof. Israel Finkelstein. Her thesis focuses on the Intermediate Bronze Age in the Judean Shephelah. Naama is also a member of the Megiddo Expedition as well as the Masada Expedition.
Eythan Levy holds degrees in Computer Science (PhD 2009), Ancient Oriental Languages (MA 2012) and Archaeology (MA 2015). His main research interests are biblical archaeology, Iron Age chronology, Egypt and the Levant, west-Semitic epigraphy and computer applications in archaeology. His former field experience includes Megiddo, Hazor, Tel Rehov, Dor, Khirbet Qeiyafa and Lachish. He is currently pursuing a PhD in archaeology at Tel Aviv University, under Profs Israel Finkelstein and Eli Piasetsky, on the subject of Iron Age chronology.
Passionate about archaeology since childhood, Chloe Schmidt specialized in Archaeology, Egyptology and History of the Middle East. Since 2009, she serves as a staff member of several Franco-Israeli excavation projects, for instance, Tel Yarmuth and Tel Achziv.
Yana is currently finishing her second year of her undergraduate studies at Tel Aviv University. She did her field school at Tel Megiddo in 2016 and has since become a member of the expedition. In the winter of 2017 she was an assistant-area supervisor at Masada.
Shai is currently finishing his undergraduate degree, with a double major in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies as well as History at Tel Aviv University . He is also a staff member of the Tel Megiddo Expedition since 2016.