Joe Uziel is an archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem District, where he excavates in the City of David, Davidson Center and Western Wall Tunnels. Joe completed his PhD at Bar Ilan University on the Middle Bronze Age in the southern Coastal Plain, and now focuses his research on the history and archaeology of Jerusalem, from its earliest urban establishment some 4000 years ago until late antiquity. Joe has advanced methods applied in the field, using new technologies in order to learn about Jerusalem's ancient population through the application of new tools. Recent discoveries made by Joe and his teams in the field include buildings dating from the First Temple Period, the main street of Second Temple Jerusalem and a Roman theater-like structure, the first such building to be discovered in Jerusalem.
Bible & Archaeology Fest XXIII, October 24 – 25, 2020
The Capital of Judah In Its Early Days: New Thoughts and Ponderings
Excavations in Jerusalem have yielded extensive evidence relating to the capital city of Iron Age Judah in the late 8th century BCE onward, with clear evidence of monumental architecture, fortifications, water works and administration. The scarce evidence for the earlier days of the Judahite monarchy have led to fierce debates regarding the character of the city and kingdom. In the following lecture, we will focus on this period in trying to define the character of Jerusalem in the 10th and 9th centuries BCE, based on a reevaluation of old evidence and the presentation of new evidence from the field.
Bible & Archaeology Fest XXII, November 22 – 24, 2019 Panelist