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Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld

The Institute of Archaeology deeply regrets to announce that Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld passed away on November 16th, 2006. In the near future the Institute will nominate a committee to oversee the completion and publication of his scientific legacy.


Books and Monographs:

Archaeological Survey of Israel – Map of Herodium (Jerusalem: Israel Antiquities Authority, 1985) (in Hebrew and English)

The Judean Desert Monasteries in the Byzantine Period (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1992)

A Guide to Ancient Sites in Tiberias (Jerusalem: IAA, 1992)

Hammat Gader and its Baths (Jerusalem: IAA, 1994) (in Hebrew)

The Palestinian Dwelling in the Roman-Byzantine Period (Jerusalem: Franciscan Printing Press, 1995)

The Roman Baths of Hammat Gader (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 1997)

The Early Byzantine Monastery at Khirbet ed-Deir, Qedem 38 (Jerusalem: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1999)

Ramat Hanadiv Excavations (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society, 2000)

Longing for the Desert – The Dead Sea Valley in the Second Temple Period (Tel Aviv: Yedioth Aharonot, 2004) (in Hebrew)

Qumran in Context – Reassessing the Archaeological Evidence (Peabody: Hendrickson Publications, 2004)

Ein Gedi Excavations 1996-2002: Final Report (Jerusalem: IES, forthcoming in 2005)

Nabatean Sites along the Spice Roads in the Negev Desert (forthcoming)


“A Hydraulic Installation in the Water Supply System of Emmaus-Nicopolis,” Israel Exploration Journal 28 (1978), 86–92

“A Church of the Byzantine Period at Horvat Berachot, Israel” (with Y. Tsafrir), Dumbarton Oaks Papers 33 (1979), 338–389

“The Roman Thermae at Hammat Gader, Preliminary Report of Three Seasons of Excavations” (with G. Solar), Israel Exploration Journal 31 (1981), 197–219

“Ancient Wine Presses in the Park of Ayalon,” Israel Exploration Journal 33 (1983), 207–218

“The Rural Dwelling House in the Hebrew Hills and Building Tradition in Palestine,” Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 6 (1986–87), 13–28

“Four Greek Inscriptions from Hammat Gader from the Reign of Anastasius” (with L. Di Segni), Israel Exploration Journal 36 (1986), 251–268

“Khirbet ed-Deir (Désert de Juda) – 1981–1984” (with R. Birger), Revue Biblique 93 (1986), 276–284

“Zur historisch-geographischen Entwicklung der mönchischen Bewegung in der Wüste Judäa” (with T. Schmutz), Antike Welt 18 (1987), 38–48

“Four Greek Inscriptions from the Monastery at Khirbet ed-Deir in the Judean Desert” (with L. Di Segni), Orientalia Cristiana Periodica 53 (1987), 365–386

“Kh. el-Qasr: A Byzantine Fort in the Judaean Desert” (with A. Kloner), Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 8 (1988–89), 5–20

 “The History and Town Plan of Ancient Hammat Gader,” Zeitschrift des deutschen Palästina-Vereins 103 (1988), 50–58

“Edible Wild Plants: The Secret Diet of Monks in the Judean Desert,” Israel Land and Nature 16 (1990), 25-28

“A Church and Water Reservoir Built by Empress Eudocia,” Liber Annuus 40 (1990), 287-294

“Ashkelon in the Roman-Byzantine Period: Intensive Trade City,” in A. Arbel (ed.), Ashkelon (Tel Aviv, 1990), 138-165) (in Hebrew)

“Life of Chariton in Light of Archaeological Research,” in: V. L. Wimbush (ed.), Ascetic Behavior in Greco-Roman Antiquity – A Sourcebook (Minneapolis 1990), 425–447 “List of the Byzantine Monasteries in the Judean Desert,” in: G. C. Bottini et al. (eds.), Christian Archaeology in the Holy Land – New Discoveries (Jerusalem 1990), 1–90

“Gerasimus and his Laura in the Jordan Valley,” Revue Biblique 98 (1991), 419–430

“Khirbet Khiraf: A 2nd C. Fort in the Jordan Valley,” Journal of Roman Archaeology 4 (1991), 170–183

“Early Roman and Byzantine Estates near Caesarea” (with R. Birger-Calderon), Israel Exploration Journal 41 (1991), 19–45

 “The Reconstruction of the Roman Baths at Hammat Gader” (with E. Cohen), ARAM 4 (1992), 283–306

“Holy Sites in the Vicinity of the Monastery of Chariton,” in: F. Manns & E. Alliata (eds.), Early Christianity in Context (Jerusalem 1993), 297–311

 “Euthymius and his Monastery in the Judean Desert,” Liber Annuus 43 (1993), 339–371

“The Anchor Church at the Summit of Mt. Berenice, Tiberias,” Biblical Archaeologist 57 (1994), 122–133

“The Early Roman Bath and Fortress at Ramat Hanadiv near Caesarea,” in: J. Humphrey (ed.), The Roman and Byzantine Near East (Ann Arbor 1995), 29–54

“The Foundation of the New Laura,” in: V. L. Wimbush and R. Valantasis (eds.), Asceticism (New York 1995), 267–280

“The Importance of Bread in the Diet of the Monks in the Judaean Desert,” Byzantion 66 (1996), 143–155

“Jewish Rural Settlement in Judaea in the Early Roman Period,” in S. E. Alcock (ed.), The Early Roman Empire in the East (Oxford 1997), 72–88

“Farms and Villages in Byzantine Palestine,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 51 (1997), 33–71

“Early Roman Manor Houses in Judea and the Site of Khirbet Qumran,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 57 (1998), 161–189

“Imperial Building Activity during the Reign of Justinian and Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in Light of the Excavations on Mt. Berenice, Tiberias,” Revue Biblique 106 (1999), 236–249

“Discovery of a Fatimid Period Bronze Vessel Hoard at Tiberias” (with O. Gutfeld), Qadmoniot 32 (1999), 102-107 (in Hebrew)

“Habitat,” in G. W. Bowersock, P. Brown and O. Grabar (eds.), Late Antiquity – A Guide to the Postclassical World (Cambridge, MA & London 1999), 258–272

“A Settlement of Hermits above ‘En Gedi,” Tel Aviv 27 (2000), 103–155

“The Archaeology of Hermits,” Tel Aviv 27 (2000), 286-291

“The Monastery of Chariton: Survey and Excavation,” Liber Annuus 50 (2000), 315-362

 “The Architectural Context of Qumran,” in L.H. Schiffman et al. (eds.), The Dead Sea Scrolls Fifty Years after their Discovery (Jerusalem, 2000), 673-683

 “The Physical Structure of the New Laura as an Expression of Controversy over the Monastic Lifestyle,” in J. Patrich (ed.), The Sabatite Heritage in the Orthodox Church from the Fifth Century to the Present (Leuven 2001), 323-345.

“The Aqueducts of Emmaus-Nicopolis,” in D. Amit et al (eds.), The Aqueducts of Israel (Portsmouth 2002), 187-198

“Deir Qala and monasteries of Western Samaria,” in J.H. Humphrey (ed.), The Roman and Byzantine Near East (Portsmouth 2002) 155-189.

“The Aqueducts at Ramat Hanadiv and Shuni,” in D. Amit et al. (eds.), The Aqueducts of Israel (Portsmouth 2002), 387-401

“The Water Supply of the Monastery of Chariton,” in D. Amit et al (eds.), The Aqueducts of Israel (Portsmouth 2002), 428-437

“A Royal Mansion on the Dead Sea?” Eretz 83 (2002), 38-44

 “The Monastery of Masada: Masada in the Byzantine Period,” Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 19-20 (2001-2002), 119-156

“The Laura of Heptastomos,” in G.C. Bottini et al. (eds.), One Land – Many Cultures (Jerusalem 2003), 189-203

“ Lion’s Head from the Herodian Palace at Ramat Hanadiv,” Israel Museum Studies in Archaeology 2 (2003), 11-16

“Social Aspects of the Late-antique Village of Shivta,” Journal of Roman Archaeology 16 (2003), 395-408

“Qumran during the Second Temple Period: Re-evaluating the Archaeological Evidence,” Cathedra 109 (2003), 5-50 (in Hebrew)

“The Library of King Herod in the Northern Palace of Masada,” Scripta Classica Israelica 23 (2004), 69-80

“Excavations at ‘Ein Feshkha, 2001: Final Report,” IEJ 54 (2004), 37-74


Review of C. Dauphin and G. Edelstein, L’église byzantine de Nahariya (Israël), in Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society 7 (1987), 50-53

“The Harbours of Caesarea Maritima (Volume 1) – Review Article,” Journal of Roman Archaeology 5 (1992), 445–449

Hasmonean and Herodian Palaces at Jericho by E. Netzer, Biblical Achaeology Review 28 (2002), 56-58

 “Qumran: Back to the Beginning. Review of J. Magness, The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Journal of Roman Archaeology (2004), 648-652

Encyclopedia entries:

“Berkhot, Horvat”; “Chariton”; “Deir, Khirbet ed-”; “Euthymius Monastery”; “Hammat Gader”; “Ramat Hanadiv”; “Tiberias,” in: E. Stern (ed.), The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land, I–IV (Jerusalem 1993)

“Monasteries, Physical Setting," in: E. Ferguson (ed.), Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (New York & London 1997), 766–769

“Housing,” Late Antiquity – A Guide to the Postclassical World (eds. G.W. Bowersock et al.), (Cambridge, Mass. 1999), 499-501.