2021 Team

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Project Director

Shua Kisilevitz

Tel Aviv University & IAA

Archaeologist in the Jerusalem Region of the Israel Antiquities Authority, currently working on her Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Prof. Oded Lipschits and Prof. Israel Finkelstein.

The topic of her dissertation is: Cult in Judah in the Iron Age IIA: The Temple at Moẓa as a Case Study. Teaching Fellow at Tel Aviv University.

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Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near East Studies at Tel Aviv University, the Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology and head of the Ancient Israel Studies MA program.

Key specialization includes the study of Administration and Economy in Judah Under Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian Rule, and Judah and the Judeans in the Persian and Early Hellenistic Periods (5th – 2nd Centuries BCE).

Currently head of the Lautenschläger Excavations at Azekah and the Ellah Valley Regional Project.

Project Director

Tel Aviv University

Prof. Oded Lipschits

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Administrator

Maddi Quail-Gates

Tel Aviv University

Originally from Australia, currently a student of the International Archaeology MA program at Tel Aviv University, writing her thesis on a unique and understudied group of Middle Bronze ceramics. Maddi is also an assistant supervisor for the Tel Moza Expedition

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Area Supervisor

Abra Spiciarich

Tel Aviv University

Zooarchaeologist, currently working on her Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Israel Finkelstein, Oded Lipschits, and Lidar Sapir-Hen. The focus of her dissertation is on the use of animals in Jerusalem and its hinterland to understand the religious and socio-economic realities of the cultic city during is rise, fall, and reestablishment.

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Area Supervisor

Vanessa Linares

Tel Aviv University

Organic Residue Analysis specialist, currently working on her Ph.D. in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Oded Lipschits, Yuval Gadot, and Ronny Neumann (Weizmann Institute of Science). The Topic of her dissertation is: Organic Residue Analysis of Small Ceramic Vessels During the Middle Bronze and Late Bronze Ages.

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Photographer

David Rafael Moulis

Charles University

Professional photographer and researcher teaching biblical archaeology at the Protestant Theological Faculty of Charles University Prague, Czech Republic. His Ph.D. was on The Tel Arad Sanctuary in the Light of New Archaeological Evidence. The Latest Cultic Findings form the Kingdom of Judah supervised by Assoc. Prof. Filip Čapek of Charles University Prague. Currently focused on transformations of cult in border areas of Late Canaanite cultures during the Iron Age.