1108 – Tour Highlights 1985
Our first Book & the Spade tour in 1985 featured a visit to the Albright Center in Jerusalem, the home of the American Schools for Oriental Research. ASOR is the main professional organization for U.S. archaeologists who work in Israel and the Albright Center has an illustrious history, going back to the time when William F. Albright was its director, in the early 20th century.
The director for the past quarter century plus has been Si Gitin. During our visit he gave us an off-the-cuff history of archaeology in Israel, highlighting the key role played by Dr. Albright in establishing the ceramic chronology which is the foundation for understanding everything else.
Dr. Gitin himself was involved in a key archaeological excavation of the Philistine city of Ekron, the site known as Tel Mikne. He discusses the excavation, which was just getting underway at that time. We visited Tel Mikne 11 years later, during out 1996 excavation, during its last season.