Student Archaeologists head off to the field

Congratulations to the recipients of our special Diamond Jubilee grants – Max Benster, Andy McNey, Robert Nolan, and Jack Piacentini. A special grant was also awarded from normal society funds to Boudicca Bell. Thanks to the generosity of our members, they’ll be going out to join the Tel Azekah excavation project this summer – learning about the archaeology of this key site through vital, hands-on experience.

Strata 40 now out

Our latest issue of Strata has now hit the shelves. Contents include articles on cult practice at Geshurite Bethsaida, the so-called ‘Client Kings’ of Judaea and Nabataea, a key motif on the largest coin issued by King Herod, a painted tomb from Ḥanita, and an intriguing study of the detritus of a 19th century excavation at Jerusalem.

Current AIAS members should have already received their copies, but can also download the issue from the members area of our website.

2022 Travel Grant applications

Are you a UK student, passionate about archaeology, and dying to go on a dig in Israel? Or perhaps what you need is some quality time doing museum research? We can help make this happen – through one of our AIAS Travel Grants.

For more information, go to

Applications for our 2022 grants have now closed, and we will be informing applicants of the outcomes shortly. A new application round will open in 2023.

Strata 2022: Call for Submissions

The editors are seeking new research papers for next year’s issue of Strata, the flagship journal of the AIAS.

This annual, peer-reviewed journal publishes research on the archaeology and allied disciplines relating to Israel-Palestine, along with reviews of recent publications.

All published contributions must be original and written in English. The editors will not normally accept articles which have appeared in substantially the same form elsewhere, whether in English or in another language. Strata will also not accept papers that are currently being considered or prepared for another publication.

Manuscripts sent to Strata should not exceed 8,000 words in length (excluding bibliography). Interested scholars should consult our submission guidelines for more information, including links to the journal’s peer review and ethics policies.

Manuscripts should be sent to the co-editors, Professor David M. Jacobson and Dr Rachael T. Sparks, at AI*********@ho*****.com.

All issues of the journal up to and including volume 34 (2016) may be freely downloaded via the links here: