Zvi Lederman and Shlomo Bunimovitz, Tel Aviv University
4pm, 1st October 2015, BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum. To book, contact the British Museum Box Office: 020 7323 8181 or www.britishmuseum.org
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PEF 150TH ANNIVERSARY LECTURE SERIES
In Association with the British Museum Department of Middle East
Supported by the Wellcome Trust and Maney Publishing
Photograph of excavations at Ain Shems - Beth Shemesh
1911 by Duncan Mackenzie. PEF Archives
Aerial view of Beth Shemesh. Courtesy Z. Lederman & S. Bunimovitz
Duncan Mackenzie is perhaps best know for his work in the Aegean. He was Sir Arthur Evans' close friend and collaborator at the Knossos excavations, and was a pioneer of Cylcadic archaeology. What is less well known was that he also conducted excavations at 'Ain Shems - Beth Shemesh north-west of Jerusalem from 1909 to 1911 for the PEF, and independently in 1912. These excavations were pioneering in many ways. However, Mackenzie's relationship with the PEF was not easy, and the publication of the results left much to be desired. Consequently, his contribution to our understanding of the archaeology of the Southern Levant has often been underestimated or even overlooked entirely by subsequent researchers. In this lecture, the current excavators of the site, Dr.'s Zvi Lederman and Shlomo Bunimovitz will assess Mackenzie's true achievement through their analysis of the archival material in the PEF as well as their own excavation results.
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