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with Jeffrey Blakely, University of Wisconsin.

Followed by a reception.

Palestine Exploration Fund, 5 - 6 Dreadnought Walk, Greenwich SE10 9FP. Please go to the link below for a map,-0.0187111,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48761ad2edd9a3b1:0x687e88c9958fa70d!8m2!3d51.4828729!4d-0.0165171

Tickets can be booked by phone (0207 935 5379) or email Places are limited, so book in good time to ensure your space.

Poster March 19th 2020.pdf

Summary:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Meet archaeologist & Director of the current excavations at Tel el Hesi, Jeffrey Blakely, and get a behind the scenes look at the PEF's archaeological material from its own excavations at the same site nearly 140 years ago. The talk will emphasise how the new research has increased our understanding of the region in antiquity, and how that understanding almost requires new study of the old materials, and the archives that relate to them. 

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Tel el Hesi material in the PEF's collections: a photograph of the 1890's excavations, a drawing of items from the Early Brone Age 'Hesi Hoard' by William Flinders Petrie, and three items from that assemblage in the PEF's collections



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Jeffrey Blakely is Adjunct Professor of Biblical Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin. His primary research interest is the archaeology of the Hesi region, between Gaza and Hebron, over the past ten millennia. He started working in the Hesi region in 1971. He currently co-directs the Hesi Regional Project in association with Jimmy Hardin of Mississippi State University. He has published many books and articles on the archaeology and history of the Hesi region. Currently he is preparing the final report on the archaeological survey of the Hesi region with Jimmy Hardin and a lengthy multi-author article on the archaeology of the 10th century BCE in the Hesi region. He has also worked at Caesarea Maritima (Israel), Wadi al-Jubah (Yemen), Aqaba (Jordan), and at various sites in the United States, publishing reports with each of the research groups. He teaches various courses in the archaeology of Ancient Israel/Biblical Archaeology as well as directed study courses on archaeology and culture in the Holy Land.

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