Dr. Uzi Avner teaches desert archaeology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and served as the District Archaeologist of the Southern Negev for the Israel Antiquities Authority from 1977 to 1999. His research focuses on the archaeology of the southern Negev and the Sinai deserts, a field in which he has published and lectured on extensively, both in Israel and abroad. He has devoted the last 35 years to the study of ancient desert societies, and to the protection, preservation and conservation of desert archaeology and environment.
In 2003, his dissertation- "Studies in the Material and Spiritual Culture of the Negev and Sinai Populations" was awarded Summa Cum Laude by the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Currently, he continues his fieldwork, teaching, publishing, and lecturing in Israel and abroad.
The Desert Role in the Early History of Israel - A close examination of archaeological remains, biblical and extra-biblical sources, indicates a profound connection between the desert and the formation of early Israel. How deep was this connection? How can we explain it? What were the historical implications? This lecture will aim to answer these questions.
The Desert Role in the Early History of Israel
Tuesday, 23 November 2010, at 7.45 p.m
At Wimbledon and District Synagogue
1 Queensmere Road
London SW19 5QD