The Megiddo Expedition suffered a great loss in December
when Orna Zimhoni passed away at the age of 45 after a long illness. Orna
was born in Tel Aviv and studied archaeology and biblical studies at Tel
Aviv University. While still an undergraduate, she joined the expedition
at Tel Masos, acting as registrar. Even then she began to develop her interest
in pottery, particularly that of Iron Age Israel, about which she eventually
became one of the world’s experts. In 1975 she joined the permanent staff
of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University where she worked,
studied and taught until her death.
|In 1976 Orna became the recorder of the renewed
excavations at Tel Lachish, followed by work at Tel Eton, Betar and Tel
Jezreel, becoming deeply involved in their publication. In 1993 Orna enthusiastically
joined the renewed expedition at Megiddo, helping to organize it, taking
part in the excavation and commencing the study of the Iron Age pottery.
Though seriously ill during the 1996 season, she managed to partictpate.
Her publications include the Iron Age pottery of
Tel Eton in Tel Aviv 1985 and an associated study on the pottery of Levels
V through II at Lachish. Her last article on Tel Jezreel appears in Volume
24 of Tel Aviv.
As a member of the Lachish, Jezreel and Megiddo expeditions,
Orna was a dedicated and scrupulous archaeologist. Clever and energetic,
she became a central figure in the Megiddo Family, beloved and appreciated.
She will be dearly missed.