Forthcoming Lectures


REVITAL GOLDING-MEIR
The Material Culture of the Early Iron Age
— A View from the North Western Negev

Monday, 9th September 2019
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Lecture Theatre G6 (ground floor) — Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

Qubur el-Walaydah
(image courtesy of Revital Golding-Meir)

What characterised the early Iron Age settlements of the North Western Negev?

What was it like to live in a rural community at the edge of the desert, on the hinterland of urban Philistia?

Join us to explore these issues through finds from three key excavations in the region —Tell el-Far’ah South, Qubur el-Walaydah and Tell esh-Sharia.

Revital Golding-Meir is a doctoral student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel, investigating the Early Iron Age in the north western Negev. She is involved in publishing material from Eliezer Oren’s excavations at Tel Sera’, and is currently a staff member of the Tell Keisan project, directed by David Schloen and Gunnar Lehmann.

All welcome. Admission free: no ticket required. Enquiries 020 8349 5754. Organised jointly with the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.


TESSA RAJAK

Masada: History, Myth and Jewish Identity

Tuesday, 10th September 2019
7:30 PM

Hale Synagogue, 11 Shay Lane, Hale Barns, Cheshire, WA15 8NZ

Climbing to the top of Masada
Climbing to the top of Masada. Photo courtesy of Nick Slope.

The unforgettable mountain fortress of Masada on the Dead Sea was the last stronghold to fall to the Romans, three years after the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple in 70 CE.

The mass suicide of the besieged rebels and their families, as dramatized by the historian Josephus, has entered collective memory a narrative of resistance to the last. It has inspired Jews from medieval martyrs to the founders of the State of Israel and the fighters of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Yigal Yadin’s world famous excavations brought the site to world attention and seemed to confirm Josephus’s account astonishingly well.

And yet …

How far can we believe Josephus? Were those stirring speeches ever made? How much of his story does the archaeology really support?

Come join Dr Rajak to explore the dramatic backstory and more recent controversies surrounding this most remarkable of sites.


IGOR KREIMERMAN
How and Why were Cities Burned?
A New Look on the Destructions of Canaanite Lachish

Thursday, 10 October 2019
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre, Ground floor UCLU building, 25 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AY


STEFAN REIF
Insights into the Jewish Homeland a Thousand Years Ago

Tuesday, 29 October 2019
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Lecture Theatre G6 (ground floor) — Institute of Archaeology, University College London, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H OPY

Manuscript T-S K21.69 — A late medieval guide to Jewish tombs in the land of Israel. By permission of Cambridge University Library.

An exploration of the political and historical background of Jewish communities in the homeland before, during and after the Crusader period. Learn more about the Cairo Genizah and see some remarkable manuscripts; discover what these communities achieved, and how they interacted with those in Babylonia.

Stefan Reif is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Hebrew Studies, and Fellow of St John’s College in the University of Cambridge. He also holds senior research posts at the Universities of Haifa and Tel Aviv. Founding Director of the Genizah Research Unit at Cambridge University Library, Professor Reif is author of numerous books and over 400 articles, and has lectured widely across Europe, Israel, Canada and the USA.

All welcome. Admission free: no ticket required. Enquiries 020 8349 5754. Organised jointly with the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, and the Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL.


DEBORAH ROOKE
Title to be announced

Thursday, 12 December 2019
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Lecture Theatre SB31 — Bentham House, University College London, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, Kings Cross, London WC1H 0EG