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Posts by Philippe

Digging at Azekah – Summer of 2015

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015

Digging at Azekah – Summer of 2015

So the day had come for me to set out to the Valley of Ellah where legend held that the shepherd boy David fought against the giant Goliath. Although Goliat is long since gone and there are no more giants to fight, the site itself presents a “gigantic” mystery. According to ancient sources, the Assyrians had captured and destroyed the fortified city in 701 BCE. Enigmatically, so far no real evidence of the Assyrian had been found in Azekah. The set out goal for the 2015 expeditions was to try and identify what had been suggested to be a siege ramp, similar to the one that had been exposed...

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Behind the Scenes: an Interview with Prof. Israel Finkelstein

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015

Behind the Scenes: an Interview with Prof. Israel Finkelstein

Prof. Israel Finkelstein is a leading archaeologist who has been active in the field of Biblical archaeology for more than 40 years. He has co-directed the Megiddo excavations since 1994 and has been teaching in the International MA Program since it opened in 2011.  I recently had the pleasure of meeting Prof. Finkelstein and interviewing him about his work as a Biblical archaeologist and as co-director of the Megiddo excavation: You have been active as an archaeologist for over 40 years.  I’d like to talk to you about how the field has changed or remained the same – during...

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On the Road to Jerusalem’s Historical Past: A Field Trip to the City of David and Ramat Rachel

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015

On the Road to Jerusalem’s Historical Past: A Field Trip to the City of David and Ramat Rachel

The Medieval poet Alain de Lille once coined the famous sentiment “A thousand roads leads men forever to Rome”. If Rome once reflected glory to the ancient world, Jerusalem has dazzled the world for millennia with its eternal past tied to the religious roots of the Jews, Christians and Muslims. It has been conquered, destroyed and rebuilt time and again, and every layer of its ground tells a different story of it´s past.   On the Road to Jerusalem Millions of people over thousands of years have travelled on foot on the roads that lead to Jerusalem. In antiquity the main road to...

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Living in Tel Aviv, Where East Meets West

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014

Living in Tel Aviv, Where East Meets West

Tel Aviv is a city of wonderful diversity and beautiful contrasts. It is the city where East meets West, old become new, and sandbanks become urban centers. The City is a composite of people of multi-ethnic backgrounds, liberal attitudes and variance of architecture which makes up the unique fabric of Tel Aviv. They say that Istanbul connects the East with the West, but its Ottoman imprint is totally different from the Arabic / Jewish exoticisms of Tel Aviv. Ahead of you the colorful Mediterranean and behind you, the romantic Middle East. Israel as a whole is the full embodiment...

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