CAUTION, EXCAVATIONS! About the Connection between Archaeology, History and Israeli Identity
Archaeology has always been more than just science in the Holy Land. Alongside historical curiosity, excavations have served as a fertile ground for intense debate about identity, culture and the historical connection between the people and the land.
First session: Pre-Zionist Archaeology
Monday, Mar 10, 8:00 PM
About Israeli excavations prior to the foundation of the State: What were they looking for here, and what did they find?
Prof. Yosef Aviram, Senior Archaeologist and Head of the Israel Exploration Society
Dr Nirit Shalev-Khalifa, Yad Ben Zvi
Organizer and facilitator: Reporter Nir Hasson
Second Session Second session: Enough of the Occupation?
Monday, Mar 17, 8:00 PM
Was there really a People of Israel who captured the Land of Canaan in the 12th and 13th centuries BCE?
Prof Adam Zertal, Department of Archaeology of the Land of Israel and the Ancient Near East, Haifa University
Prof Ze'ev Herzog, Department of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University
Dr Nili Wazana, Department of the History of the People of Israel and Contemporary Judaism the Hebrew University
Third session: Masada Will Not Fall Again
Monday, Mar 24, 8:00 PM
The archaeological myths founded during the early years of the State: Masada, the Dead Sea Scrolls and about being Israeli.
Dr Pnina Shor, Curator and Manager of the Judea Desert Scrolls Enterprise, The Antiquities Authority
Prof. Nachman Ben Yehuda, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Hebrew University
Prof. Gideon Foerster, Department of Archaeology and the Ancient Near East, the Hebrew University
Fourth session: Was It or Wasn’t It?
Monday, Mar 31, 8:00 PM
On the heated debate about the existence of King David and King Solomon's Kingdoms – was there a united kingdom at all?
Prof. Yossi Garfinkel, Department of Archaeology and the Ancient Near East, the Hebrew University
Prof Aharon Meir, Department for the Land of Israel and Archaeology Studies, Bar Ilan University
Fifth session: Jerusalem Excavations
Monday, Apr 7, 8:00 PM
What are the archaeologists searching for and finding in the most sensitive place in the world?
Dr Yuval Baruch, Chief Archaeologist of the Jerusalem District, the Antiquities Authority
Dr Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, the Antiquities Authority
Eli Shukrun, Archaeologist and tour guide, the City of David
Price per session: NIS 30, students: NIS 20
Price for the entire series: NIS 120
This is a Hebrew-language only event.
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