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Israel Finkelstein

Tel Aviv University – Director

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Professor 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.

Dr Adams was the Director of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and Co-director of the Megiddo Expedition. 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.

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Matthew J. Adams

W.F Albright Institute of Archaeological Research – Co-Director and 

Area S Supervisor

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Expedition Management Team

Margaret Cohen

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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.

Reli Avisar

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Reli Avisar is an art historian and a PhD candidate at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University, and she is writing her dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Yuval Gadot and Dr Ido Koch. She completed her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Humanities and Art History in Barcelona, Spain. In her doctoral studies, she examines elite behaviour and consumption of luxury objects in the Late Iron Age Judah. She is an assistant area supervisor and the Head of the Megiddo Office at Tel Aviv University.

Hadar Azrad

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Hadar Azrad completed her B.A. degree in Archaeology and East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University and joined the staff of the Megiddo Expedition and office during the second year of her studies. She is currently working as an archaeologist and a teacher in the southern region’s educational unit of the IAA. Hadar is the registrar of the Megiddo Expedition during the field season.


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Currently doing his post-doc at Brown University. Zach finished his PhD 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), Kirath-Jearim (2017), 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).


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in the Archaeosciences

Dafna Langgut (archaeobotany), Tel Aviv University 

Lidar Sapir-Hen (archaeozoology), Tel Aviv University

Meirav Meiri (ancient DNA), Tel Aviv University

Rachel Kalisher (osteology), Brown University

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