The Fellner Lecture Series: News in Archaeology

american-06The Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology announces its annual lecture series in Hebrew, which presents the results of recent archaeological research to the general public in Israel. This series is supported by the Fellner Foundation and its Trustee Mr. Frederick L. Simmons of Los Angeles.

The lectures, generally powerpoint presentations, take place on the last Thursday of every month (not in summer) at 5.00 p.m. at Hebrew Union College, 13 King David Street in Jerusalem. Free Entrance.

Schedule of this year's Fellener lectures

The Cohodas guest lectureship 

The Cohodas guest lectureship (in English) is comprised of lectures devoted to neighboring countries (Egypt, the Aegean, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey) delivered by outstanding foreign scholars, often followed by scholars' seminars on areas of academic dispute.

Community Excavations

Since 2005, the NGSBA has engaged in a series of community-based excavations at Givat Sher, near Modiin, in Lod, and at Tel Dan.  The way we see it, archaeologists can and should make a contribution to society beyond pure research.  Interaction with community results in a mutually beneficial exchange. By engaging in archaeological survey, excavation and artifact processing, community members gain valuable insights into their countryside and its past.  A deeper sense of belonging and investment follows.  For archaeologists, the gain takes the form of public guardianship of archaeological sites and greater appreciation for our work.  Certainly, community archaeology has its limitations, but the benefits, pleasures and sense of contribution far outweigh the inconveniences. 


Conservation and Reconstruction

Restoring the Middle Bronze Age gate at Tel DanArchaeology is controlled destruction.  We document our findings to a great degree of detail, so as to allow reconstruction--in plans, words and 3-D graphics.  But once you remove something ancient from its native context, that context is gone forever.

But not everything is destroyed; very often we leave walls, wells, pits, floors and installations more or less intact.  The best way to preserved these things is to rebury them.  But then nobody will see them.  When a building or other feature is deemed significant, we often carry out conservation, restoration, or even reconstruction, so that people will be able to view and study it. Two of our projects, Tel Dan and Lod have been the subject of extensive restoration work.