Biblical and Archaeological Lecture: Recent Excavations at Gezer

newsroomadminSeptember 12, 2013

Don’t miss Samuel R. Wolff of the Israel Antiquities Authority present “Recent Excavations at Gezer” on Monday, September 23, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. in Hinkson Hall.

Sam Wolff was born and raised on the north side of Chicago. He received his PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the University of Chicago, in 1986. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities post-doctoral Fellow at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem the following year, and has not left Israel since. He worked at the Commercial Harbor and the tophet (precinct of child sacrifice) at Carthage. He was assistant director of the excavations at Ashkelon before joining the Israel Antiquities Authority. His most important excavations at the IAA have been at Tel Megadim on the Carmel coast, En Hagit in the pass connecting Dor to Yokneam, and Tel Hamid near Ramla. His first excavation was at Tel Gezer in 1972–73. He comes here today as co-director of the current Gezer excavations—in 40 years he has moved only 50 meters across and a few meter down!

Gezer was one of the most important cities in ancient Israel, a key to the approach to Jerusalem. Many important discoveries have taken place in the excavations of the last few seasons—even this summer. Mark this on your calendar for an opportunity to learn much about this important site in the history of Israel.

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