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6th December 2018: EVANS MEMORIAL LECTURE: Armageddon's Earliest Temples: An Early Bronze Age Monumental Sacred Compound at Megiddo

Matthew J. Adams, Albright Institute, Jerusalem



4pm, 6th December 2018, BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum

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Centuries before the pyramids of Egypt rose along the Nile, the inhabitants of Megiddo (biblical “Armageddon”) in the Jezreel Valley, Israel, organized themselves into a massive city and began construction on a monumental home for their revered god. This temple would be one of the most ambitious construction projects in the Levant, and the city responsible for it would be the earliest and largest urban formation for hundreds of miles in any direction. This extraordinary 5,000-year-old temple has now been revealed through 14 years of excavation by the Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition. This lecture chronicles the discovery of the Great Temple and provides a detailed archaeological study of the building from its sanctuary containing beautifully carved basalt tables to its curious corridors stacked high with the bone refuse from animal sacrifices.  Who built this massive temple, and what does it say about humanity’s earliest experiments in cities and states?

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Image: Aerial view of Early Bronze Age cultic structures at Megiddo. Photo courtesy Matt J. Adams

Matthew J. Adams is a graduate of the University of Southern California, the University of California, Los Angeles and Penn State University, receiving his doctorate in Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History from Penn State in 2007.
Since 2009, he has been Director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, and is co-Director since 2015 of the Megiddo excavations alongside Israel Finkelstein and Mario Martin. He is also President of American Archaeology Abroad, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Since 2014, he has been the Dorot Director of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.


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