Date: Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Dr. Yosef Garfinkel was born in Israel. He studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, earning his B.A. in archaeology and geography, M.A. in prehistory and biblical archaeology, and Ph.D. with a focus on the pottery of the Neolithic and Early Chalcolithic periods. He has been teaching the archaeology of the Bronze and Iron periods at the Institute of Archaeology at Hebrew University since 1993. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Yale University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, and King's College in London. He has extensive excavation experience, including various Proto-historic sites in Israel such as Yiftahel, Gesher, Tel Ali, Sha'ar Hagolan, Neolithic Ashkelon, and Tel Tsaf. He is perhaps most famous for his excavations at Khirbet Qeiyafa, which he began in 2007 and where he uncovered a fortified city from the time of King David for the first time in the archaeology of Israel. From 2013 to 2017, he excavated at Lachish; and in 2015, he began excavations at Khirbet al-Ra'i, another site in Judah from the time of King David.
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