Forthcoming Lectures

As you will be aware, all charities are going through hard times during the Covid-19 pandemic and the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society is no exception. Although we do not charge for our lectures, any contribution to the general costs of the Society would be more than welcome, particularly from non-members.

Anyone who would like to make a donation, large or small, can send an email to:  secretary@aias.co.uk for details as to how to pay by credit card.

DIGGING UP ARMAGEDDON: THE SEARCH FOR THE LOST CITY OF SOLOMON
Eric H. Cline

Thursday, 3 June 2021 at 5:00 pm (British Summer Time)
Balloon photography at Megiddo.
Using balloons to capture aerial images of Megiddo. Image courtesy of the Oriental Institute of Chicago.

The University of Chicago excavations at the ancient mound at Megiddo — biblical Armageddon — yielded stunning discoveries in the 1920s and 1930s that transformed our understanding of the ancient world. They unearthed biblical-era gates, palaces, stables, and temples, along with gold and ivory treasures, making international headlines in the process.

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Eric H. Cline, who himself excavated at Megiddo for twenty years, will draw on archival records left by the participants to present a portrait of a bygone age of archaeology.

He will set the expedition against the backdrop of the Great Depression and growing troubles and tensions in British Mandate Palestine, discussing the infighting that rocked the expedition, as well as the impact of their work on biblical archaeology as a whole.

Dr Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology and Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University. A National Geographic Explorer, Fulbright and Getty scholar, and NEH Public Scholar with degrees from Dartmouth, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, he is an active field archaeologist with more than 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States. These include ten field seasons at Megiddo, and eight seasons at Tel Kabri in Israel, where he is currently Co-Director.

This online talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to: secretary@aias.org.uk. A zoom link will be sent to you approximately 48 hours before the event.

A PHILISTINE OUTPOST IN NORTHERN TEL AVIV: THE STORY OF TELL QASILE
Amihai Mazar

Thursday, 8 July 2021 at 5:00 (British Summer Time)

Tell Qasile is located in the compound of Eretz Israel Museum in northern Tel Aviv. The site may be small in size (3 acres), but not in stature: it has provided important evidence for the culture of the central coastal plain of Israel between the 12th and 9th centuries B.C.E.

Female-shaped pottery libation vessel known as the ‘Lady of Tell Qasile’. Found in the temple compound at Qasile, and dating to the 11th century BC. Photograph by L. Padrul-Kwitkowski, courtesy of the Eretz Israel Museum.

The site served as a harbour town for a mixed population of Philistines and local Canaanites. It was home to a sequence of three successive temples, which were unique to the region. Professor Mazar will be discussing the rich finds from these temples, and show what Qasile can tell us about the Philistine’s material culture, interaction with local Canaanite populations, and wider engagement with Phoenicia, Cyprus and Egypt. He will also explore the final fate of the town during the 10th to 9th centuries BCE.

Amihai Mazar is Professor Emeritus in the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and Vice-President (Israel) of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society. He has directed numerous excavations including those of Tell Qasile, Tel Batash (biblical Timnah), Tel Beth Shean, and Tel Rehov. He has written extensively on the archaeology of the Bronze and Iron Ages of the Southern Levant.

This online talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Registration for this event will open closer to the date.

RELATIONS BETWEEN THE CLIENT KINGDOMS OF JUDAEA AND NABATAEA
David Graf

Tuesday, 14 September 2021 at 5:00 pm (British Summer Time)

This online talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Registration for this event will open closer to the date.

OLD, BUT STILL TOPICAL: THE DISPUTE BETWEEN DRIVER AND SAYCE ON BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Martin Goodman

Richard Barnett Memorial Lecture Event

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

This online talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Registration for this event will open closer to the date.

WORK AND WORTH: WOMEN’S HOUSEHOLD ACTIVITIES IN ANCIENT ISRAEL
Carol Meyers

This online talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Registration for this event will open closer to the date.

Thursday, 11 November 2021 at 5:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)

AGRIPPA II: THE LAT OF THE HERODS
David Jacobson

Thursday, 16 December 2021. Time to be confirmed

Joint AIAS/UCL Institute of Jewish Studies lecture. This online talk is free to members and non-members of the Society. Registration for this event will open closer to the date.

MASADA SYMPOSIUM

Date to be determined

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

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