Schedule of the 4th Annual Meeting of the RIAB Center – “Between Israel, Aram and Phoenicia: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives” (May 27-29, 2019)

On Monday-Wednesday, May 27-29, 2019, the 4th annual conference of the RIAB Minerva Center will be held. The first two days of the conference will conducted at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan (May 27th and morning of May 28th) and at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (afternoon/evening of May 28th). On Wednesday, May 29th, the invited participants of the conference will go on a field trip to selected sites in the north of Israel.

Here is the schedule of the first two days of the conference:

The Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times

Between Israel, Aram and Phoenicia: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives

Fourth Annual Conference – May 27-28, 2019

Monday, May 27 (Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Laboratory, Basement, Building 410 [Jewish Studies Faculty Building], Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan)

8:30-9:00 – Gathering and refreshments

9:00-9:10 – Greetings

Welcome – Aren M. Maeir & Angelika Berlejung

Greetings – Yaron Harel, Dean of the Faculty of Jewish Studies

9:10-10:40 – Session IA: Phoenicia and Israel I (Chair Aren M. Maeir)

9:10-9:40: Gunnar Lehmann (Ben-Gurion University) – The Emergence of Early Phoenicia: A View from South Phoenicia

9:40-10:10: Yifat Thareani (Hebrew Union College) – Characterizing an Iron Age II Mediterranean Community: A Preliminary View from Tel Achziv

10:10-10:40: Yigal Levin (Bar-Ilan University) – David, Hiram and Solomon: A Look at the Geography

10:40-10:50: Discussion

10:50-11:15 – Coffee Break

11:15-13:00 – Session IB: Phoenicia and Israel II (Chair Yigal Levin)

11:15-11:45: Hayah Katz (Kinneret Academic College and the Open University) – The Meiron ridges during the Iron Age Period: between Border and Frontier

11:45-12:15: Meir Edrey (Tel Aviv University & University of Haifa) – The Persistence of Canaanite-Phoenician Religion as Demonstrated by Temple Architecture

12:15-12:45: Janca Brenner (Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen) – Jeroboam II, the Phoenicians and Kuntillet ʿAjrud

12:45-13:00 – Discussion

13:00-14:30 – Lunch

14:30-16:30 – Session IC – Archaeological Insights from the Levant (Chair Assaf Yasur-Landau)

14:30-15:00: Giuseppe Minunno (Università degli Studi di Firenze) – Evidence of Ritual Activities from Iron Age Tell Afis

15:00-15:30: Barbara Bolognani (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) – Tracing out the Phoenician Pattern in the Coroplastic Production of the Coastal Levant

15:30-16:00: Hans-Peter Mathys (Universität Basel) – Phoenician Inscriptions from the Eschmoun Sanctuary in Bostan esh-Sheikh (Sidon)

16:00-16:10: Discussion

16:10-16:30 – Coffee Break

16:30-18:30 – Session ID – Judah and Phoenicia: Selected topics (Chair Lawson Younger)

16:30-17:00: Assaf Yasur-Landau (University of Haifa) – Rethinking Phoenician Harbors of the Iron Age

17:00-17:30: Joe Uziel (Israel Antiquities Authority) – Open or Shut? On the Connections and Disconnections between Jerusalem and its surroundings in the Iron Age II

17:30-18:00: Yuval Gadot (Tel Aviv University) – Jerusalem, Menasheh and the Assyrian Order

18:00-18:15: Discussion

18:30-20:30 – Supper at BIU (for participants)

20:30 – Transportation to Hotel (for participants)


Tuesday, May 28 (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan and Israel Museum, Jerusalem)

8:00-8:30 – Gathering and refreshments (Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Laboratory, Basement, Building 410 [Jewish Studies Faculty Building], Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan)

8:30-9:45 – Session IIA: Phoenicians and the West (Chair Ann Killebrew)

8:30-9:00: Sebastián Celestino-Pérez & Esther Rodríguez-González (Spanish National Research Council) – The Phoenicians of the West and the Origin of Tartessos

9:00-9:30: Tzilla Eshel (University of Haifa) – Lead Isotopes in Silver Reveal Earliest Phoenician Quest for Metals in the West Mediterranean

9:30-9:45: Coffee Break

9:45-10:45 – Session IIB – Doctoral Student Workshop (Chair Joe Uziel)

9:45-10:15 – Kristina S. Reed (Bar-Ilan University) – Chronology and Function of Dolmens: A New Look at an Ancient Phenomenon

10:15-10:45 – Juliane Stein (Leipzig University) & Gunnar Lehmann (Ben-Gurion University) – Arpad: Archaeology of an Aramean (?) City: A Report of Work in Progress

10:45-11:15 – Coffee Break

11:15-13:00 – Session IIC – Phoenicians, Assyrians and Persians (Chair Hans-Peter Mathys)

11:15-11:45: Eran Arie (Israel Museum & University of Haifa) – The Relations between Israel and Phoenicia in Light of the Archaeological Evidence

11:45-12:15: Ann E. Killebrew (Pennsylvania State University & Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, University of Haifa) – Akko and the Plain of Akko during the Iron II – Persian Periods (ca. 8th–5th cent. BCE)

12:15-12:45: Shawn Zelig Aster (Bar-Ilan University) – Phoenicia as an Assyrian “Control Point” in Domination of the Southern Levant in the Reign of Tiglath-pileser III

12:45-13:00: Discussion

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – Bus leaves for Jerusalem (for participants)

15:30-16:00 – Gathering and refreshments (Israel Museum)

16:00-17:00 – Tour of Israel Museum galleries and storerooms (Eran Arie & Aren Maeir)

17:00-18:30 – Session IID – Phoenicians and their interactions (Chair Angelika Berlejung)

17:00-17:30: Lawson Younger (Trinity International University) – Phoenician and Phoenicians in North Syria

17:30-18:00: Naama Yahalom-Mack & Nava Panitz-Cohen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) – A Tale of Two Cities: What’s between Tyre and Abel Beth Maacah in the Early Iron Age?

18:00-18:30: Mireia López-Bertran (Univesitat de València) – Sacred Landscapes and Pilgrimages in Phoenician and Punic Western Mediterranean (7th-2nd centuries BCE)

18:30-18:45: Discussion

18:45 – Transportation to Supper (for participants)

19:00-21:00 – Supper (for participants)

21:00 – Transportation to Hotel in Ramat-Gan (for participants)


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