Oct 21 Blog
An extraordinary career in archaeology came to an end in September 2008 with the passing of Avraham Biran. He died in his beloved Jerusalem just a month shy of his 99th birthday. Biran's life and work was a mirror of Israel's history and of Israeli archaeology. He was born in 1909, almost four decades before the establishment of the State of Israel, and he liked to refer to himself as a "Mayflower Israeli." Biran knew Sir William Flinders Petrie, the father of modern Near Eastern archaeology, and studied under William F. Albright, the legendary dean of Near Eastern studies at Johns Hopkins.