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Institute Staff

Dr. Zvika Gal
Born in Tel Aviv in 1946. Ph.D. from the University of Tel Aviv (1983). Senior researcher in biblical archeology. Conducted a comprehensive archeological survey of the Lower Galilee, and numerous excavations. Including Horvat Rosh Zayit and the chalcolithic burial cave at Pekiin (together with D. Shalem and H. Smithline). Published a large number of articles and books. Served as the northern district archeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority, and later the authority’s publications manager and editor in chief. Taught at the Department of the Land of Israel at the University of Haifa, and was director of the Hecht Museum. He currently engages in research and is an academic and independent publisher (together with D. Shalem).

Dr. Mordehai (Motti) Aviam
מSenior lecturer in the Department of Land of Israel Studies
Born in Israel in 1953.
Ph.D. in Land of Israel Studies and archeology from Bar Ilan University, on the subject of Yodfat – A Test Case for the Development of the Jewish Community of the Galilee during the Second Temple Period

Senior lecturer in archeology of the classical eras in the Galilee. Served as the Western Galilee District Archeologist for the Israel Antiquities Authority, in which he capacity he participated in a large number of surveys, excavations and research projects. He has directed many excavations, including at Yodfat, Arabel and Kirbat A-Shura. He established the Institute for Galilean Archaeology which is currently part of the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. He taught at the ORT Braude Academic College, in the general studies department, at the Avshalom Institute and at the University of Rochester, New York.

He has published a large number of articles on the subject of the Jewish and Christian populations of the Galilee, between the Hellenistic Era and the Byzantine Era, and has attended archeology conferences around the world.

https://kinneret.academia.edu/Mordechaiaviam

Dr. Jacob Ashkenazi
Senior lecturer in the Department of Land of Israel Studies

Ph.D. from the University of Haifa on the topic of The Patriarchy of Jerusalem, from its Founding to the Arab Conquest.

He engages in research on the Christian church in the Land of Israel in the first seven centuries CE, with the emphasis on nuns and monks, society and religion, economics and politics and church politics.

In the last few years he has engaged in joint research work with Dr. Motti Aviam, on Christianity in the Galilee towards the end of ancient times. The research incorporates archeological finds and literary sources, and uses comparative models that relate to other Christian domains in the Levant towards the end of ancient times.

https://kinneret.academia.edu/JacobAshkenazi

Prof. Chaim Ben David
Senior lecturer in the Department of Land of Israel Studies

Ph.D. in Land of Israel Studies and archeology from Bar Ilan University on the subject of The Community in the Lower Golan Heights in the Late Second Temple Era, the Mishnah and the Talmud.

He has conducted surveys in the Golan Heights and directed archeological excavations of synagogues at Dir Aziz and Um El Kanatir. Engages in research on ancient routes in Negev and Transjordan, and in research on milestones in Israel.


https://kinneret.academia.edu/chaimBenDavid



Dr. Ram Buchnik
Lecturer in the Department of Land of Israel Studies

Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in life sciences from Bar Ilan University, and a Ph.D. in archeology and archeozoology from the University of Haifa, on the subject of The Consumption of Meat in the Jewish Community in the Late Second Temple Era.

Researches remains of animals from archeological sites (archeozoology) dating to the classical eras. In recent years he has supervised a range of research projects on sites in Jerusalem (the lower reaches of the Kidron Valley, the Givati Parking Lot), the Judean Desert (Qumran) and the surrounding area. The research work includes archeological and archeozoological remains, and also refers to literary sources of the times.


Dr. Dina Shalem
Research associate at the Institute for Galilean Archaeology.

Ph.D. in archeology from the University of Haifa, on the subject of The Iconography of Ossuaries and Burial Pots from the Late Chalcolithic Era in the Land of Israel in the Context of the Ancient East.

Master’s degree in archeology form the University of Haifa, on the subject of Sites of the Galilean Hills from the Chalcolithic Era – Geographic Dispersal and Ceramic Characteristics/

Bachelor’s degree in archeology and Land of Israel studies, University of Haifa.

Principal areas of research: the Chalcolithic Era, burial customs and artistic aspects during the Chalcolithic Era and Neolithic Era, and surveys.


https://kinneret.academia.edu/DinaShalem




Amitai Aharoni
B.A. (Hons) from the departments of archeology and bible studies from the University of Haifa.

Collaborated with Motti Aviam in surveys on all the sites and routes in the Galilee in the last 35 years. Participated in excavations at Yodfat, Baram, Khirbet A-Shura and Horfish, and assisted the late Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld at excavations at Ein Teina and Tiberias. He took part in excavations at the Chalcolithic cave at Pekiin, and worked with Motti Aviam on a survey of the cemeteries at Zipori.