On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, the RIAB Minerva Center, in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University, conducted a workshop on the excavations at Tel Abel Beth Maacha. The workshop was conducted in the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University.
At the workshop, in which close to 80 people participated, the directors of the excavations, Drs. Nava Panitz Cohen and Naama Yahalom Mack, along with Dr. Izaak de Hulster and Ms. Ruhama Bonfil, presented lectures on the results of the excavations. Following this, a hands-on exhibit of selected finds (and in particular, the pottery) from the excavations were presented in the collections room of the institute.
The excavations at Abel Beth Maacha are of particular interest to those studying the interaction between Israel and Aram in the Iron Age, due to the geographic location of the site, just on the border between current day Israel and Lebanon. As such, it is one of the few sites currently being excavated in a region that may represent southern Aram.
The lectures and the exhibit generated a lively and very interesting discussion among the participants, indicating how important such workshops are for moving ahead research on this and related matters.
Here are some pictures from the workshop: