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Israel Finkelstein, PhD

Israel Finkelstein, PhD

Jacob M. Alkow Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze Age and Iron Ages, Tel Aviv University

Israel Finkelstein is co-director of excavations at Megiddo in northern Israel. He served as Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University from 1996-2002.

Finkelstein was born in Petah Tikva. He completed his studies at Tel Aviv University and wrote his PhD thesis on the excavations at Izbet Sarta, an early Iron site, for which he served as field director. Finkelstein specializes in Middle Eastern archaeology of the ancient history of the Land of Israel.

Finkelstein is a proponent of the "low chronology," an archaeological reconstruction that attempts to solve problems in the traditional Levantine chronology by lowering the date of 11th-century BCE assemblages to the early-to-mid-10th century, and 10th century BCE assemblages to the early 9th century, with the late Iron I/early Iron IIA transition fixed in the late 10th century BCE.

He is author of The Archaeology of the Israelite Settlement (1988), Living on the Fringe (1995), The Bible Unearthed (2001), David and Solomon (2006).  The Forgotten Kingdom (2013) won of the 2014 Prix Delalande Guérineau of the Institut de France, l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.

Laureate of the Dan David Prize in the Past Dimension, Archaeology (2005), Finkelstein was also named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture (2009); Doctorate honoris causa from the University of Lausanne (2010); and correspondant étranger of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles.

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