New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem Conference – and very interesting find to be published!

On Oct. 26-27, 2016, the annual New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region conference will be held in Jerusalem. During the two day meeting, quite a few interesting papers will be presented.

Among others, there will be a very interesting session on a VERY INTERESTING papyrus – which due to “gag orders” – I can’t say anything else about… :-}

I’ve been asked to serve as a respondent for this session – and I believe the session – and discussions that will develop from it – will be quite something…

Be there or be square…

Here is the full schedule of the meeting – the relevant session is at the very end of the program, marked it in bold:


New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and Its Region
The Tenth Annual Conference, October 26 and 27, 2016

The 10th annual conference of the New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and Its Environs, will be held on October 26, 27 and 28, 2016. This year, the conference marks its 10th anniversary, making it a very special event for us all. Over the past ten years, the conference and the published proceedings have served as the primary platform for the presentation of archaeological research in Jerusalem and its surroundings, including lectures from across the entire spectrum of Israeli scholars working in the field.

In order to celebrate the event, this year’s conference will not only include the full day of lectures in Hebrew, to be held at the Hebrew University, but an additional venue of international scholarship with lectures from scholars from Israel and abroad, will be given in English.
The program of the English and Hebrew sessions of the conference are listed below. The sessions are devoted to discussions of some of the major topics of research in Jerusalem, crossing both  periods and cultures: Jerusalem and the empires, the city borders, temple and economy and finally the preservation and management of the city’s cultural heritage.

New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and Its Region

The first day of the conference will be held in the auditorium of the Yad Izhak Ben Zvi Institute at 14 Ibn Gabirol Street, Jerusalem. All lectures will be presented in English, with simultaneous Hebrew translation available.

Day 1(October 26)
9:30        Opening remarks
9:45        Session 1: Jerusalem and the Empires
Session Chair: Rachel Milstein
Jerusalem and the Empires: Israel Finkelstein, Tel Aviv University
Agrippa II in Jerusalem and the Destruction of the Temple in 70 CE: Martin Goodman, Oxford University
Communal Institutions in Frankish Jerusalem: Adrian Boas, Haifa University

11:15–11:30 Coffee break

11:30     Session 2: Cultural Resource Management in Jerusalem
Session Chair: Mike Turner
Whose Heritage? Urban and Architectural Considerations: Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
The Kidron Valley Cyber-Archaeology Project: Thomas E. Levy, University of California, San Diego
The Ancient Ruins of Lifta: A Preliminary Assessment According to Architectural and Archaeological Survey: Gil Haklai, Conservation Department, Israel Antiquities Authority

13:00–14:00 Lunch break

14:00     Session 3: Opening Afternoon Session
Sustainable Rehabilitation of the Holy Sepulchre: An Interdisciplinary Scientific Study and Monitoring, A Scientific Integrated Governance of the Project, Antonia Moropoulou, Chief Scientific Supervisor of the project, Head of the NTUA Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Monuments’ Protection

14:30     Session 4: The City Boundaries
Session Chair: Elhanan Reiner
Jerusalem in the Days of Nehemiah: Gary Knoppers, University of Notre Dame
Aelia Capitolina – An Unusual Roman Colonia in the Light of Its Inscriptions: Benjamin Isaac, Tel Aviv University
Jerusalem’s Borders in the Early Islamic Period: Gideon Avni, Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

16:00–16:15 Coffee break

16:15 Session 5: Temple City and Its Economy
Session Chair: Amikam Elad
Economy and Administration in the Iron Age and Persian Period: Oded Lipschits, Tel Aviv University
Cult, Pilgrimage and Economy in the Byzantine Period: Leah Di Segni, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Haram al-Sharif and the Field of Religious Goods – Economy, Sanctity and the Developing Urban Landscape of Mamluk Jerusalem: Nimrod Luz, Western Galilee College

17:45 Closing remarks

Day 2 (October 27) will be held at the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, in the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies (Rabin) Building. All lectures will be in Hebrew.

8:00        Gathering
8:30        Opening remarks
8:40        Joe Uziel and Ra’anan Kislev: Archaeology, Preservation and Development in the Jerusalem District, 2015–2016
9:10        Keynote lecture – Yvonne Friedman: Jerusalem as a City for Medieval Pilgrims
9:40        Award Presentation of the David Amit Prize for Young Archaeological Researchers, 2016–2017

10:00     Session 1: Approaching the Temple Mount
  Session Chair and Discussant: Gideon Avni
Yuval Baruch, Ronny Reich and Débora Sandhaus: The Temple Mount – Results of the Archaeological Research of the Past Decade
Alon de Groot and Hillel Geva: “Descending the Mount” – A Response to the “Mound on the Mount” Theory
Joseph Patrich and Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah: The “Free Masons Hall” – A Composite Herodian Triclinium and a Fountain to the West of the Temple Mount
Assaf Avraham and Peretz Reuven: An Arabic Inscription from the Dawn of the Islamic Period from Kafr Nuba

11:30–11:50 Coffee break
11:50     Session 2: “Standing on the Wall” – Jerusalem’s Fortification
  Session Chair and Discussant: Ronny Reich
Johanna Regev, Nahshon Szanton, Joe Uziel and Elisabetta Boaretto: Absolute Dating of the Gihon Spring Tower
Rina Avner and Kfir Arbiv: Excavations in the Russian Compound: The Battle of the “Third Wall”
Shimon Gibson, Rafi Lewis and James Tabor: Going to the Market with Saladin: Finds from the 11th–13th Centuries in the Excavation of the Ayyubid Gate in Mount Zion
13:00–14:00 Lunch break

14:00     Session 3: What Have the Romans Ever Done for Us? Jerusalem in the Days of the Procurators
  Session Chair and Discussant: Jonathan Price
Nahshon Szanton, Michal Haber, Moran Hagbi, Joe Uziel and Donald T. Ariel: Monumental Building Projects in Jerusalem in the Days of the Pontius Pilate – A Numismatic View from the Stepped Street in the Tyropoeon Valley
Ortal Chalaf, Peter Gendelman and Hannah Cotton: The Bet Strauss Excavations: Preliminary Results and a new Latin Inscription
Helena Roth and Dafna Langgut: Lumberjacks and Water Wells: On the Use of Wood and Stature in the Lower City of Jerusalem in the Early Roman Period
Yuval Gadot: Urban Judaism under Roman Rule: Dedicating the Kidron for Garbage Disposal in the First Century CE

15:10–15:30 Coffee break

15:30     Session 4: Path, Place and Memory
  Session Chair and Discussant: Rina Talgam
Katia Cytryn-Silverman and Avi Mashiach: Sulayman’s Sabīls: Restoration and Revival
Amit Re’em and Ilya Berkovich: Reassessing the Art, Architecture and Chronology of the Crusader Basilica on Mount Zion
Annette Nagar: A Byzantine Church near Bet Nekofa along the Road from Jaffa to Jerusalem
Lihi Habas: The Cross in the Mausoleum at Horbat Ha-Gardi: The Tombs of the Maccabees and the Christian Cult of the Maccabean Martyrs

17:00 Session 5: A New Old Papyrus
                Session Chair and Discussant: Ester Eshel            
Shmuel Ahituv, Eitan Klein and Amir Ganor:  Papyrus “to Jerusalem”
Hagai Misgav, Aharon Demski, Aren Maeir : Discussion

17:40     Closing remarks

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