About Yuval Gadot

Yuval Gadot

Prof. Yuval Gadot heads the Sonia & Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel-Aviv University and is lead archaeologist at the ‘City of David’ excavations project as he co-directs the ‘Givati Parking Lot’ Excavations and also leads an environmental study of the rural landscape surrounding the city. obtained his PhD in 2004 from Tel-Aviv University. Between 2004 and 2008 Gadot was a research fellow at the Nelson Glick School of Bible and Archeology at Hebrew Union College (Jerusalem). Between 2005 and 2010, Yuval (Field Director) directed the Institute's excavations at the Ramat Rachel site (led by Prof. Oded Lipschits and Prof. Manfred Oming). These excavations were published in a large number of publications and final reports. At the same time, he was a partner in the project "Ancient Israel through the lens of natural and exact sciences" (Prof. Israel Finkelstein and Prof. Steve Weiner), where he was exposed to the many possibilities that exist in combining science and archaeology.

Since 2018 Gadot serves as the Head of the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel-Aviv University. He has authored seven archaeological books and over one hundred scientific articles.

Presenter at

Bible & Archaeology Fest XXVII, November 22 – 24, 2024
Ancient Jerusalem: A current archaeological View

Jerusalem is maybe the most excavated place in the world and yet some very basic questions regarding the city’s size and location are still being debated. Recent finds from the Western slope of the South eastern ridge (known also as ‘the City of David’) sheds new and tantalizing light on the city’s development during the 11th-9th centuries BCE, on the wealth of Jerusalem’s elite during the 7th century BCE, on the city’s destruction and on its revival during the 6th and 5th centuries BCE.

The lecture will focus on 7th century BCE as it will present the results of recent excavations of an elite associated building (Building 100) that was destroyed by the Babylonians at 586 BCE. The analysis of the plethora of artifacts found inside the building, such as Ivory panels, wooden artifacts and storage jars used for holding flavored wine, exposes before us the elite of Jerusalem: their habits and their worldview as they operated within an empyreal network.

Bible & Archaeology Fest XXII, November 22 – 24, 2019