Director – Prof. Aren M. Maeir

Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological ProjectI was born in Rochester, NY, in 1958, and immigrated with my family to Israel in 1969. I completed my elementary and secondary schooling in Jerusalem. Between 1977 and 1982 I served in the Israeli army, attaining the rank of Captain.I studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attaining a B.A. in Archaeology and Jewish History (1986, summa cum laude), and a Ph.D. in Archaeology (1997, summa cum laude).My primary expertise is Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology, with a particular focus on the Bronze and iron Ages of the Ancient Near East. I also have collaborated with many scholars in numerous inter- and multi-disciplinary projects, particularly those relating to the application of scientific methods in archaeology as as well as anthropological perspectives in archaeology.I have participated in excavations at numerous sites in Israel, including: Hazor, Jerusalem, Beth Shean, and Qasile, and have directed archaeological excavations and surveys in Jerusalem (The Western Wall Tunnels, Mamilla, Kikar Safra, Malha), Tell es-Safi/Gath, the Beth Shean Valley, and Tel Yavneh. Needless to say, my primary professional focus is the Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath. Over the years I have published more than 170 scholarly and popular studies in various journals and books, and have written and edited several books. I have also received close to $6 million in research grants, mostly for projects relating to the Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath. I am based at (and formerly served as the chairmen of) the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University, which is located in Ramat-Gan, Israel, where I teach Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology.

I am also the director of the “Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times” (RIAB), and serve as co-editor of the Israel Exploration Journal.

I am married to Adina (neé Hartman), and we have three sons, a daughter in law, and a grandson, and live in Jerusalem.


Over the years, I have lectured before very diverse crowds (of various denominations, faiths, and backgrounds), and have been interviewed by various printed and electronic media. My lectures are can be geared for academic, semi-popular, and/or popular settings, and are always accompanied with extensive color slides. I am completely fluent in both Hebrew and English.

Among the public lectures that I have presented in the past:

  • The Search for Goliath – Excavating Biblical Gath of the Philistines
  • Goliath in myth, text and reality
  • What’s “new” (or “old”) in biblical archaeology? Recent finds and current debates
  • The Archaeology and History of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem: Perspectives from the past – prospectives for the future
  • The Archaeology of Biblical Jerusalem
  • Archaeology and politics in contemporary Israel
  • An archaeologist’s perspective on Papua New Guinea
  • Feasting in Papua New Guinea and and insights for the study of the Ancient Near East
  • How the ancient Israelites worshipped – the view from archaeology
  • The art of warfare in biblical times
  • Archaeology and the Bible – working together in a modern paradigm

If you are interested in the possibility of coordinating lectures, please contact:

Prof. Aren M. Maeir
The Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan 52900, ISRAEL
Tel: ++972-54-620-5082
Fax: ++972-3-635-4941

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