About the Institute


The Institute of Archaeology was founded in 1969 by the late Professor Y. Aharoni. Today it is a self-sufficient research facility with a large staff which provides the administrative and scientific assistance as well as the technical facilities necessary to carry out independent projects. These activities are sponsored mainly by the Sonia and Marco Nadler Fund and in part by the Friends of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University.

Since its creation the Institute has been intensively involved in many major interdisciplinary archaeological projects. Excavation of sites such as Tel Aphek-Antipatris, Tel Arad, Tel Beer-sheba, Tel Bet Shemesh, Tel Hadar, Horvat Qitmit, Horvat 'Uza, Tel 'Ira, Tel Jezreel, Tel Kabri, Lachish, Tel Michal and Tel Megiddo has contributed to a better understanding of the archaeology and historical-geography of biblical Israel. The archaeology of proto-historic and prehistoric periods has been investigated at Nahal Qanah, Nahal Zehora, and sites in the Sinai. Currently the staff of the Institute is systematically digging at Tel Megiddo and Tel Bet Shemesh, as well as undertaking a number of rescue excavations.

The Institute’s research facilities include the archaeozoology, archaeobotany, petrography and metallurgy laboratories. These analyse and evaluate non-artefactual data which supplement the socio-economic picture of ancient communities provided by artefactual records. In addition, the services of a pottery restoration workshop; a photography studio and a graphics department are available to the field archaeologists.

The Publications Section, sponsored by the Friends of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University, was set up in 1991 to enable in-house publication of the results of field investigations carried out under the auspices of the Institute as well as articles dealing with subjects arising therefrom.

Research is encouraged by a comprehensive and well-stocked reference library; a slide archive and a rich study collection of ancient pottery and other finds from major archaeological excavations.

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