Dr Shimon Gibson is a British-born archaeologist working in Jerusalem, where he is a Senior Associate Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the History Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During the past twenty years Gibson conducted numerous archaeological excavations and field surveys in different parts of Israel/Palestine. His principal research interests are: Landscape Archaeology; History of Archaeology; History and Archaeology of Jerusalem; early Judaism and early Christianity; and History of Photography in the Middle East. Gibson has directed excavations at Sataf, Modi’in, Suba, and in Jerusalem. He is currently co-directing (with J. Tabor and R. Lewis) excavations on Mount Zion. He is the author of numerous research papers and books. His book Tourists, Travellers and Hotels in Nineteenth-Century Jerusalem (with Chapman & Shapira) was published in 2013 by Maney Publishers in Oxford. He recently co-edited (with D. Vieweger), The Archaeology and History of the Church of the Redeemer and the Muristan in Jerusalem (Oxford, 2016). Gibson has appeared in numerous television documentaries on archaeology and history produced for National Geographic, Discovery, History Channel, Smithsonian, and television outlets in Europe and the UK.
Bible & Archaeology Fest XIX, November 18 – 20, 2016
Report from Mt. Zion: The Latest Archaeological Discoveries
This presentation will discuss the results of excavations conducted since 2005 on Mount Zion in Jerusalem by UNC Charlotte. The site is close to Zion Gate and had previously been excavated by Magen Broshi in the 1970s. Archaeological remains unearthed include domestic houses dating from the Iron Age, Early Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods. The preservation of the Early Roman (first century CE) buildings is quite amazing, with the ground story rooms found with their ceilings intact (including a bathroom and mikveh). These palatial houses probably belonged to priestly families in the Upper City. Among the many finds was an unusual stone cup from the first century CE with a cryptic inscription; the writing resembles cryptic texts known from the Qumran caves.