On Thursday, February 17th, 2011, the annual meeting in memory of Prof. Yohanan Aharoni, the well-known archaeologist who was one of the leaders in the field of biblical archaeology in the 1960’s and 1970’s, will be held at Tel Aviv University.
This year’s meeting will deal with the interface between science and technology and archaeology and its implications, particularly relating to biblical archaeology.
The meeting will include some very interesting lectures. The first part, which will be in Hebrew, will included lectures on various applications of science/technology in archaeological research/teaching, while the second part, in English, will be centered around a lecture (which promises to be quite provocative) by Neil Silberman and accompanying respondents (including by yours truly).
It should be a very interesting meeting. Here is the program:
The Annual Symposium in Memory of Prof. Yohanan Aharoni
Thursday, February 17th, 2011, Gilman Building
Tel-Aviv University Campus
Biblical Archaeology and the Pursuit of Certainty: The Role of Science
14:00 Greetings and Awarding of Institute Grants
Chair: Ze’ev Herzog
Part I: Science, Technology and Archaeology: Research Perspectives
Chair: Yuval Gadot (Tel-Aviv University)
14:30 Bronze Age Radiocarbon Dating: An “Opsimistic” View
Ezra Marcus (University of Haifa)
15:00 A New Frontier in Ceramic Studies: 3D Imaging in the Study of
Talia Neuman (Hebrew University)
15:30 Beyond the Lab: Trends and Developments in Archaeo-metallurgical Research
Naama Yahalom-Mack (Tel Aviv University and Weizmann Institute of Science)
16:00 Matter and Spirit: Teaching Ancient Technologies to Students of
Yuval Goren (Tel Aviv University)
16:30 Coffee Break
Part II: Debating the Future of Biblical Archaeology: Do Science and
Technology Show the Way?
Chair: Raphael Greenberg (Tel Aviv University)
17:15 Gematria’s Ghost: Quantification, Digitization, and the Mirage
of Historical Certainty
Neil A. Silberman (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Steve Weiner (Weizmann Institute of Science), Aren Maeir (Bar-Ilan
University), Yuval Yekutieli (Ben-Gurion University).