They’re trying to fund a very interesting and what looks to be important project. Maybe you can help. It’s a worthwhile cause.
This is fantastic news!
Eine neue Forschungsdatenbank erschließt die sogenannte „Rubensohn-Bibliothek“ des Ägyptischen Museums und Papyrussammlung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin. Im Rahmen eines Forschungsprojektes wurden in den vergangenen zwei Jahren insgesamt rund 800 Schriftstücke restauriert und wissenschaftlich aufgearbeitet. Seit heute sind sie online im open access-Format zugänglich.
The Brilliant Dr Boin has taken the helm of SAFE.
Maeir, A. M., and Shai, I. 2015. The Origins of the “Late Philistine Decorated Ware”: A Note. Tel Aviv 42(1): 59–66.
A decade ago, the authors, along with D. Ben-Shlomo, defined Late Philistine Decorated Ware (LPDW, formerly Ashdod Ware) as typical of Iron IIA Philistia and discussed its origins and distribution. We suggested that the decorative syntax of this unique group could be traced to Iron I decorated Philistine pottery. This assertion was recently challenged by Faust, who suggested that its origins should be traced to Phoenician influence. Two LPDW sherds from Tell es-Safi/Gath that are decorated with the iconic Iron I Philistine bird design support our initial concept that the roots of the LPDW are in Iron I Philistia.
Gurwin, S., Goren, Y. and Lipschits, O. 2015. Structural, Technical and Petrographic Analysis of Bullae from the Samaria Papyri. Tel Aviv 42:89-102.
Twenty-two clay bullae associated with mid-4th century BCE Samaria Papyri from the cave of Wadi Daliyeh were subjected to structural, technical and petrographic examination. Results suggest that the bullae were all made in the Samaria region from several types of local soils. The technology and function of the bullae differ from those of earlier (Iron Age) Judahite bullae.
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The Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times
Call for Applications for Stipends for Doctoral Studies
“The Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times” is an international, inter-disciplinary, and inter-university center for the study of various aspects of the relations between the cultures of Israel and Aram – primarily in ancient periods – but in some cases, up until the modern period. The center is located at Bar-Ilan University (BIU), and collaborates with the University of Leipzig in Germany, as well as other academic institutions in Israel and the world. The center’s directors are Prof. Aren Maeir (BIU) and Prof. Angelika Berlejung (Leipzig), and the center members at BIU are Prof. Esther Eshel, Dr. Yigal Levin and Dr. Leeor Gottlieb.
As part of the center’s activities, we are calling for applications from suitable candidates, for stipends for doctoral studies at BIU, in topics related to the fields covered by the center, to be carried out in one of the following departments: Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Jewish History, and Bible (according to the topic to be researched, the advisor, and previous studies). In certain cases, it may be possible to register in another relevant department. The stipend is meant for students who will commence their doctoral studies in the 2015/2016 academic year (beginning in October 2015). The stipend will be to the sum of 4000 NIS per month for 4 years, as well as a full exemption from tuition. The grantees will commit to not work in other jobs, and to complete their PhD within 4 years (in certain cases, an extension of one year will be permitted). In addition, the grantees will be required to participate in the center’s activities, including workshops and conferences, in Israel and abroad.
We are interested in applications from students in the following fields:
- Archaeology of Israel and Aram
- History of Israel and Aram
- The Bible and its Aramaic Translations
- Hebrew and Aramaic Epigraphy
- Ancient Hebrew and Aramaic Language
- Second Temple Period Literature (Hebrew and Aramaic)
The deadline for applications for the stipend is June 15th, 2015
For details, questions and applications, please contact Prof. Aren Maeir (center director): firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants should send: an updated CV, transcripts of previous studies, the suggested topic to be researched, and names and contact information of former professors who can provide recommendations.
Researchers from Tel Aviv University (TAU) are developing a computer program that can read a script used by the Israelites over 2,600 years ago, Haaretz reports.
The project was begun by TAU Professor of Archaeology Israel Finkelstein and Professor of Physics Eliezer Piasetsky six years ago. Since then, the researchers have enlisted the help of epigraphy, archaeology and math experts along with TAU Ph.D. math students Arie Shaus, Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin and Barak Sober.
At the center of this ambitious project are First Temple period clay potsherds bearing inscriptions. During the First Temple period (c. 1000 to 586 B.C.E., when the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem and razed the Temple), the Israelites often kept administrative and military records by writing on broken pottery pieces—known as ostraca—with ink. The Paleo-Hebrew script was used by the Israelites during this time.
Dear distinguished friends and colleagues,
I am happy to share with you information regarding a new and exciting scholarship opportunity for the academic year 2015-6 with the International MA Program in Ancient Israel Studies: Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible.
SCIENCE IN ARCHAEOLOGY: TUITION ASSISTANCE SCHOLARSHIPS ($5,000 (US)
The $5,000 (US) tuition assistance scholarships in Science in Archaeology will be granted to a number of students with proven records of academic excellence in the fields of Life and Exact Sciences who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of Ancient Israel, and specialize in the field of Archaeological Science.
Scholarships for the academic year 2015-2016 will be granted by the academic committee of the Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures to students with a BSc in Life or Exact Sciences, who meet the program’s application requirements, on the basis of their:
* Academic CV
* Final transcript from last academic establishment
* Abstract of final paper submitted to the last academic establishment
* Letters of recommendation
Application deadline: July 15th, 2015.
MA program and second year Science in Archaeology thesis track
Successful applicants will be accepted to the one year (three semester) MA program, in which they will explore Israel’s perplexing and complex past via classes in theory, field work experience, and study tours of some of the most exciting excavation sites in Israel (such as City of David, Megiddo, Hazor, Masada, and Caesarea).
Upon successfully completing the one-year MA program in Ancient Israel Studies, students will be able to continue on to a second-year thesis track of Science in Archaeology, in which they will be able to conduct research in Archaeobotany, Archaeometallurgy, Archaeozoology, or Archaeomaterials.
Further details can be found with the program’s manager, Ms. Nadin Reshef at email@example.com and on our website.
We believe this program could be of great interest to students who would like to utilize their scientific knowledge and skills within archaeological field work and research, and we would appreciate your assistance in spreading the word about this unique and exciting opportunity.
Prof. Oded Lipschits
Head of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology & Head of the International MA program in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible
Tel Aviv University