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Israel Finkelstein is a Professor Emeritus of the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel-Aviv University. He is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, ‘associé étranger’ of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Finkelstein is the Laureate of the Dan David Prize in the Past Dimension, Archaeology, 2005. In 2009 he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and in 2010 received a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Lausanne. Finkelstein is the winner of the Prix Delalande Guérineau (2014), awarded by the Institut de France, l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.

Finkelstein is co-Director of the Megiddo Expedition and the Shmunis Family Excavations at Kiriath-jearim.. In 2009-2014 he co-directed the European Research Council-funded project titled “Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective”.

Download Israel Finkelstein’s book:

The Forgotten Kingdom: The Archaeology and History of Northern Israel

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Download a new issue of the journal Radiocarbon for free (No. 57/2, 2015). This issue is fully devoted to summaries of much of what was done in the European Research Council-funded project titled Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective, which operated in 2009-2014. Both the individual articles and the entire booklet can be downloaded free of charge (the latter by clicking on the first PDF). See details of title and Table of Contents below. The project was directed by Israel Finkelstein and Steve Weiner, with the help of Shirly Ben-Dor Evian and Yuval Gadot. The project was carried out by ca. 40 researchers and operated in a large number of sites in Israel and abroad.


Related Websites

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Finkelstein

Academia.edu: http://telaviv.academia.edu/IsraelFinkelstein

The Megiddo Expedition: https://megiddoexpedition.wordpress.com/

The Kiriath-Jearim Expedition: kiriathjearim.wordpress.com

Israel Finkelstein YouTube Channel: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaRHzYIigjaH24Rf110H_2Q