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In the Footsteps of a Pioneer Archaeologist in Palestine: One Hundred Years after Duncan Mackenzie at Tel Beth-Shemesh, Israel

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 
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Lecture Poster 1st October 2015.pdf


In Association with the British Museum Department of Middle East

Supported by the Wellcome Trust and Maney Publishing

View of Excavations at Ain Shems - Beth Shemesh by Duncan Mackenzie%2C 1910- 1912

Photograph of excavations at Ain Shems - Beth Shemesh

1911 by Duncan Mackenzie. PEF Archives

Aerial view of Beth Shemesh

 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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