​​Department of Bible Studies, Archeology and the Ancient Near East
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

My life before BGU:​

I was born and raised in Rishon LeZion. I got all my academic degrees at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the settlement history and material culture of the central Levant during the Early Iron Age under the guidance of Prof. Israel Finkelstein and Prof. Benjamin Sass. For my postdoc I went to Leipzig University in Germany, where I did a comparative study of geopolitical processes in Syria and the southern Levant at the beginning of the first millennium BCE.

Why BGU?

It’s a young university, with outstanding researchers and a great atmosphere.​

My rese​arch:

I am an archaeologist of the late Bronze and Iron Ages in the Levant; the field is sometimes called ‘biblical archaeology’ or ‘archaeology of the ancient near east.’ My primary research focus is on how the political regimes of the kingdoms of Israel and Aram-Damascus affected settlement patterns and cultural processes in what is today northeastern Israel, Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley and southern Syria. This subject is particularly exciting to me because archaeological research allows us to reconstruct the lifeways of unknown populations that aren’t mentioned in the texts from that period (“people without a history”), to understand their interactions with neighboring regions, and to understand the transformations in local material culture following the appearance of new powers in the region.

An insight from my research:

Humanity’s past affects our lives today far more than people are willing to admit.

Something that doesn't appear​ on my CV:

I am married to Sabina and am a father to Yirmi. I particularly enjoy listening to indie and grunge music.

A source ​of inspiration:

Nick Hornby's novel, High Fidelity

When I grow​ up:

As a child and today as well, I would answer: archaeologist. 

If I wasn’t a researcher, I would...

Emergency medicine.

In Brief: 

»  Fauda or Big Brother? Fauda
»  Yoga or CrossFit? Yoga
»  Hapoel or Maccabi? Neither
»  Ravid Plotnik or Noa Kirel? Neither
»  Steak or tofu? Obviously, tofu
» Trekking or the spa? Trek and then the spa
»  Car or train? Train only
»  Classical Europe or India? Classical India
»  Ocean or pool? Pool
»  Night or morning? Both
»  Winter or summer? Winter
» City or country? Both
»  Film or play? Film
» Phone call or text message? Text, please
» Savory or sweet? Sweet and then savory
» Android or iPhone? Android, obviously
» Cat or dog? Cat
» Facebook or Twitter? Facebook