Prof. Amihai Mazar
Born in Haifa (1942); Ph.D. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1976. Eleazar Sukenik Chair in the Archaeology of Israel from 1994, Professor Emeritus from 2011. Main fields of research: The archaeology of the Levant in the Bronze and Iron Ages; the relationship between archaeology and Old Testament history. Directed archaeological excavations Tell Qasile (1973-1974, 1982-1988), Tel Batash (biblical Timnah) (1977-1989), Tel Beth Shean (1989 - 1996); Tel Rehov (1997 - 2012). Smaller scale field projects at the "Bull Site"; Giloh; Khirbet Marjameh; Khirbet Abu et-Twein; Hurvat Shilhah; Hartuv; Hurvat `Eres. Author or Archaeology of the Land of the Bible (New York 1990); author or editor of eight volumes of archaeological reports on the excavations at Tell Qasile, Tel Batash and Tel Beth-Shean; author of numerous research papers in biblical archaeology; editor of the Hebrew magazine Qadmoniot (1994-1995); co-editor of Israel exploration Journal (from 2010); Chairman of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1995-1998); Member of the council of the Israel Antiquities Authority (2000-2005). Israel Prize for research in archaeology (2009); elected as member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2012).