Forthcoming Lectures

Time-thinking, Archaeology and the Battle of Hattin

Dr Rafael Lewis

Thursday 16 July 2020

The AIAS is pleased to announce that Dr Rafael Lewis Rafael Lewis will be presenting an online lecture on Thursday 16 July at 16:00 (4:00 pm) UK time.

The Battle of Hattin (c. 4th of July 1187), during which the forces of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem suffered a decisive defeat at the hands of the Muslims led by Saladin, has inspired both detractors and supporters. Its echoes reverberate into the present, while captivating people from different cultural backgrounds.

While many historians have written about this event, it has only recently been studied from an archaeological perspective. This lecture presents the results of that research.

The lecture last approximately 1 hour, including a Q&A session, and will be held via Zoom.

If you would like to take part, please email our secretary, Mrs Sheila Ford ( for instructions on how to join the session.

About the lecturer

Dr Lewis is Senior Lecturer at Ashkelon Academic College), as well as a senior fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research and a researcher associate at the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa. His research centres around the methodology of fieldwork, landscape archaeology, and the archaeology of Jerusalem and the Latin East. He is co-director of a number of projects, including the The Landscape of Hattin Archaeological Project, The Mount Zion Excavations Project, and the Latrun Castle Project.


To be rescheduled

This special event is under development; venue and guest speakers will be announced in due course. Please check back again for more information.

View of Masada
View of Masada (courtesy of Andrew Shiva / Wikimedia Commons)