The winner was selected by judges P. Kyle McCarter, Jr., and Katharina Galor. McCarter, a leading paleographer and expert on the origin of the alphabet, is William Foxwell Albright Professor in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. Galor is visiting assistant professor at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University and is also codirector of the excavations of the ancient port city of Apollonia-Arsuf along the coast of Israel.
The $1,000 award was made possible by the generous support of the Leopold and Clara M. Fellner charitable foundation through its longtime trustee, Frederick L. Simmons.
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