Archaeology and the Ancient Near East – Lecturers

Prof. Naama Yahalom-Mack

Academic head of the Program

Naama Yahalom-Mack is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She heads the Biblical Archaeology Department, the Berman Center for Biblical Archaeology, and the Laboratory for Archaeological Materials and Ancient Technologies. Prof. Yahalom-Mack specializes in archaeometallurgy (the study of ancient metals) and the Bronze and Iron Ages. She directs the Tel Abel Beth Maacah excavations together with Dr. Nava Panitz-Cohen. Her research focuses on the provenancing of archaeological materials as a proxy for reconstructing ancient trade and economic interaction. 

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel

Yosef Garfinkel is Professor of Biblical archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and curator of the Museum of Yarmukian Culture at Kibbutz Sha‘ar Hagolan.
 He earned his BA in Archaeology and Geography, his MA in Prehistory and Biblical Archaeology and completed his PhD on the Pottery Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic periods, all at the Hebrew University. Since 1993, Prof. Garfinkel has been teaching archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Periods at Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Yale University, Oxford University, Cambridge University and Kings College in London. Over the years, Prof. Garfinkel has conducted excavations at various Protohistoric sites in Israel, including Yiftahel, Gesher, Tel Ali, Sha’ar Hagolan, Neolithic Ashkelon and Tel Tsaf.
 In 2007 Prof. Garfinkel began the excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, where, for the first time in the archaeology of Israel, a fortified city from the time of King David had been uncovered. Between 2013 and 2017 he excavated at the Biblical city of Lachish, the second most important city in Judah (second only to Jerusalem). Since 2015 he has been excavating at Khirbet al-Ra’i, another site in Judah from the time of King David.

Dr. Igor Kreimerman

Dr. Igor Kreimerman is a senior lecturer at the Department of Biblical Archaeology. His research combines the use of geoarchaeology, experimental archaeology and traditional archaeological methods for the study of formation processes, especially construction and destruction, in the Bronze and Iron Age Levant. His areas of interest include ancient construction materials and techniques, architecture, urban planning, destruction by fire, the seam between archaeology and text-based disciplines. Dr. Kreimerman is a director of the Tel Hazor Excavation Project (together with Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor) and serves as a scientific consultant in the Tell Beir Mirsim Excavation Project.

Dr. Matthew Susnow

Dr. Matthew Susnow is a post-doctoral fellow at Institute of Archaeology, at the Hebrew University. His research deals with Bronze Age archaeology of the southern Levant, religion in the Middle and Late Bronze Ages, functional analysis of Canaanite temples, space syntax analysis, Iron Age religion, ceramic and bone analysis, text (Akkadian, Ugaritic, Biblical Hebrew, Attic Greek), ritual theory and palatial economies. His research also focuses on methods and theory in the field of archaeology, integrating topics such as “liminality” and “ideology” into his archaeological analysis. He also investigates the topics of impurity, sin and morality in ancient Near Eastern sources.

 Dr. Susnow’ current projects include analysis and publication of the Iron IIA astragali hoard and the site’s special finds (figurines, stands, etc.) at Tel Abel Beth Maacah excavation; publication of the Middle Bronze Age pottery from 2013–2019 excavation seasons of Tel Kabri expedition; and publication of the Late Bronze Age pottery from Area B1, the Late Bronze Age cultic enclosure at Tel Burna.

Ms. Pnina Torn Broers  

Pnina Torn-Broers is a PhD students at the Institute of Archaeology under the supervision of Prof. Ilan Sharon and Prof. Ayelet Gilboa (University of Haifa). Her dissertation focuses on Phoenicia in the Neo-Assyrian period, the time after Tiglath-Pileser III campaigned to the Southern Levant.

Dr. Joe Uziel

Joe Uziel is the head of the Dead Sea Scrolls Unit at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). After receiving his Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University in 2008, Dr. Uziel has worked for the IAA, excavating several areas in the City of David and the Western Wall Tunnels, uncovering a range of finds from the Middle Bronze Age through to the Mamluk period. His research has produced many studies on the archaeology of Jerusalem, particularly relating to the Bronze and Iron Ages and Roman period. In January 2020, Dr. Uziel was named the head of the IAA’s Dead Sea Scroll Unit, which is dedicated to the holistic care of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including their conservation, curation, documentation, and research.

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