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Posts by Joshua Errington

Masada. “The Strongest of them all”.

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017

Masada. “The Strongest of them all”.

            A month excavating the remnants of Romans, Rebels, Monks and a Monarch Photo credit: Omer Ze’evi Atop the forbidding, isolated rock plateau of Masada, students of the program, took to the dry desert dust with trowels in hand. Each student worked the tools of the modern archaeological excavation, from trowels and turreahs, to total stations, and carried with them a knowledge of the intricate history of the site, having spent a semester in the classroom led in study by dig director, Dr Guy Stiebel. Photo credit: Hai Ashkenazi Overlooking the...

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The Second Annual Thesis Conference of the International MA Program in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016

The Second Annual Thesis Conference of the International MA Program in Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible

About a week after being acknowledged as the leading archaeology department in Israel and as one of the leading research centres in the world, the International MA program of the Archaeology Department at Tau held its second annual thesis conference.   Students of the program, who pursued a second year thesis track, presented their research work to peers, staff and guests, with each of the presenters showcasing their process from identifying a topic and research question, to conducting an investigation of previous research, developing their own tools and techniques to address the issues...

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A Sum Up of My Year in Tel Aviv University’s International Program of Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015

A Sum Up of My Year in Tel Aviv University’s International Program of Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible

The school year has just finished, and I’m left reflecting on what a transformative year this has been. Exactly one year ago I was staying with friends (I met on an excavation in Israel!) in an apartment in Amsterdam when I received an email from Tel Aviv University and in an instant my coming year, career and life was changed! I had been admitted into the university’s International Program of Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible and, with the excitement I can imagine only to be shared with those admitted to Hogwarts. Twelve months later, I am writing this post sitting upon my...

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Behind the Scenes: an Inteview with Lecturer Ido Koch of the International MA Program in Archaeology

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015

Behind the Scenes: an Inteview with Lecturer Ido Koch of the International MA Program in Archaeology

Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Ido Koch, a lecturer in the International MA Program, who has been teaching and escorting its students from its very first year. We chatted about his journey into the archaeological world, his field of study, and his experience teaching our program. Here is a glimpse into our conversation: Congratulations Ido for having just submitted your PhD thesis. Your study has been on the archaeology of the Judean lowlands, you work in the field at Tel Azekah, study and teach archaeology at Tel Aviv University. Do you remember the defining moment...

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Alexander, Etruscans and a Field Trip to Beit Shean

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015

Alexander, Etruscans and a Field Trip to Beit Shean

Each month our class of the international program of biblical archaeology and history heads off around the country to see the sites we have been studying in our classes. In the last few weeks of the first semester we immersed ourselves in the ‘later periods’ with our lecturer Meir, who taught us about the Persian Period, the period following the conquest of Babylon by King Cyrus of Persia in 540 BCE, through to the end of the Late Roman Period circa third century CE. For our last trip of the semester there was no better place to go than beautiful Beit Shean in Israel’s north, a site...

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