It’s ASOR time again! Don’t miss our two sessions on Saturday, 23 November 2019 at 2:00-4:05pm and 4:20-6:25pm at the Emerald Ballroom at the Westin San Diego!
CHAIRS: Felix Höflmayer (Austrian Academy of Sciences) and Katharina Streit (The
Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
2:05: Katharina Streit (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Felix Höflmayer (Austrian Academy of Sciences), “The Austrian-Israeli Expedition to Tel Lachish—Results from Three Seasons of Excavation”
2:30: Lyndelle Webster (Austrian Academy of Sciences), “The Middle to Late Bronze Age
Transition from a 14C Perspective: The Contribution of the Tracing Transformations
2:55: Vanessa Becker (University of Vienna), “Beyond Scarabs—Regional and Interregional Seal Production in the Levant during the Middle and Late Bronze Ages”
3:20: Felix Höflmayer (Austrian Academy of Sciences), “A New Historical Model for the
Transition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age”
3:45: General Discussion
4:25: Susan Cohen (Montana State University) and Jana Mynářová (Charles University),
“Context and Text: The Epigraphic Evidence for the Middle–Late Bronze Age Transition
in the Southern Levant”
4:50: Jana Mynářová (Charles University) and Susan Cohen (Montana State University), “Text and Context: The Epigraphic Evidence for the Middle–Late Bronze Age Transition in the Southern Levant”
5:15: Ann-Kathrin Jeske (University of Vienna), “wA.t-Hr.w, DAhj, rTnw, xt mfkA.t:
Different Region, Different Strategy? Egyptian Functionaries in the Southern Levant and
on the Sinai Peninsula during the 18th Dynasty”
5:40: Wolfgang Zwickel (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz), “Low Chronology in
Galilee? The Thutmosis III List and the Settlement History”
6:05: General Discussion
Presenting the First Lecture in our Excavations Lecture Series, Fall-Winter 2019-2020 at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
The Austrian-Israeli Expedition to Lachish After Three Years of Excavation
with Felix Höflmayer, Katharina Streit, & Lyndelle Webster
Thursday, October 31, 2019
W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
26 Salah ad-Din Street, Jerusalem
Since 2017, a joint team of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Hebrew University of Jerusalem are excavating at Tel Lachish. A key aim of the excavation is to gain a better understanding of the Middle and Late Bronze Age at the site. Two excavation areas, Area P in the northern, and Area S in the western part of the site are currently being excavated.
Felix Höflmayer studied Egyptology and Archaeology at the University of Vienna and joined the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2006, working on his PhD in the framework of the SCIEM 2000 project and graduated in 2010. Felix teaches at the Institute of Old Testament Studies and Biblical Archaeology, the Institute of Oriental Studies, and the Institute of Egyptology at the University of Vienna and serves as an editorial board member of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
Katharina Streit is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, researching development and changes in material culture from the Middle to the Late Bronze Ages. She co-directs the Tel Lachish excavations with Felix Höflmayer and Ilan Sharon.
Lyndelle Webster is currently a PhD candidate of the University of Vienna and Area Supervisor of Area S. Lyndelle comes to the project from Australia, with a multi-disciplinary background in physics, engineering and archaeology. Her research interests lie at the intersection of these disciplines.
Don’t miss Katharina’s talk on Tel Lachish at the Wissenschaftliches Kolloquium des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins in Mainz, Germany!
Samstag / Saturday, 1.12.2018
KATHARINA STREIT (Jerusalem): Recent Excavations at Lachish
Don’t miss the upcoming talks by our team at the ASOR Annual Meeting in Denver, CO!
Thursday, November 15:
Session 2C. Archaeology of the Near East: Bronze and Iron Ages II (Evergreen C)
Lyndelle Webster (Austrian Academy of Sciences), Felix Höflmayer (Austrian Academy
of Sciences), Katharina Streit (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Steven Ortiz
(Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), Samuel Wolff (Israel Antiquities
Authority), Yuval Gadot (Tel Aviv University), Marcella Barbosa (Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary), and Michael Dee (University of Groningen), “New Radiocarbon Based Chronologies for City-States of the Late Bronze Age Shephelah” (20 min.)
Ann-Kathrin Jeske (University of Vienna), “Where Did Members of Egyptian Institutions
Go to Supply Their King with Things He Desired? A Look at the Southern Levant during
the 18th Dynasty” (20 min.)
Session 4C. Archaeology of the Southern Levant I (Evergreen C)
Felix Höflmayer (Austrian Academy of Sciences), “Egypt and the Levant in the Middle
Bronze Age: Historical Implications of a High Radiocarbon Chronology” (20 min.)
Katharina Streit (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Felix Höflmayer (Austrian
Academy of Sciences), “Tel Lachish during the Middle and Late Bronze Age—The
Results of the First Two Seasons of the Austro-Israeli Expedition” (20 min.)
Lecture to be followed by a barbecue dinner, sponsored by OREA, the Austrian Academy of Sciences
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The Austro-Israeli Expedition to Lachish: First Results after Two Seasons of Excavations
Felix Höflmayer, Research Group Leader, Institute of Oriental and European Archaeology, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Katharina Streit, Post-Doctoral Researcher, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
In 2017, a joint team of researchers from Hebrew University, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and University of Vienna have started new excavations at Tel Lachish as part of the project ‘Tracing Transformations in the Southern Levant’ hosted by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The project focuses on the Middle-Late Bronze Age transition, exploring chronological aspects, material culture and political history of this major site in the Shephelah.
In the first two seasons 2017 and 2018, two excavation areas on the western slope (Area S) and north of the Judean palace/fort (Area P) were explored. First results include substantial architectural remains from several phases within the Late Bronze Age phases of Area S, the continuation of the late Middle Bronze Age palace in Area P, and a rich assemblage of both local and important pottery and small finds.
This lecture summarizes first results and discusses them in light of the prevalent historical narrative of Egyptian-Levantine connections. Finally, open research questions of the project, as well as the excavation strategy for future seasons 2019 and 2020 will be outlined.