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The Friends of the Institute of Archaeology

The Friends of the Institute of Archaeology is a nonprofit organization established in 1978 with the purpose of supporting the activities of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University, and of fostering the dissemination of knowledge about archaeology to those with either a general or professional interest in the subject.

Founders of the Friends of the Institute of Archaeology include George Majewsky, who is a former president, and the late Jacob M. Alkow, who bequeathed funds for two departmental chairs, as well as a new building for the Department and Institute of Archaeology. The incumbent president of the Friends is Cipora Swirsky.

In 1989, the Friends provided the Institute of Archaeology with seed money to establish a publishing program for excavation reports of Institute-sponsored digs. Over the years, with the financial backing of the Friends, the publishing program has

George Majewsky, former president
of the Friends of the Institute and
Cipora Swirsky, current president
flourished into a major publisher of books and journals. To date, the Institute has published 21 monographs, and several manuscripts are in various stages of preparation. In 2005, the long-awaited five-volume Lachish Excavation Report was published.

Friends activities include:
  • Acquiring books for the Archaeology library, especially textbooks needed by students
  • Providing the Institute photographic laboratory with cutting-edge equipment
  • Awarding grants to worthy students
  • Sponsoring lectures, including lecturers from abroad, and study tours
The Friends have also been supporters of one of the Institute's major archaeological digs, the Lachish Excavations. The Friends' first project at Lachish, initiated by Mrs. Evelyn Stol, was the restoration and reconstruction of the Judean gate Level 3, destroyed in 701 BCE by Sennacherib, and of the Judean gate Level 2, destroyed in 586 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar. Jacob Alkow was a principal contributor to this project, which took three years to complete.

Members of the Friends of the Institute of Archaeology enjoy lectures on archaeological subjects and take part in archaeological tours in Israel and abroad. Member tours have already covered most of the archaeological sites in the Mediterranean basin.

If you are interested in promoting the work of or taking part in the activities of the Friends of the Institute of Archaeology, please e-mail or phone 03-604-4055. The Friends can be reached by regular mail at POB 21436, Tel Aviv 61213.

Members of the Friends tour group relaxing on their visit to Nemru Dag in eastern Turkey

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