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Itamar Taxel

CURRICULUM VITAE


Education

2006-2011: Tel Aviv University. Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and School of Jewish Studies. Ph.D. studies. Advisor: Prof. Moshe Fischer.
Thesis title: Aspects of the Material Culture of the Rural Settlement in the Province of Palaestina Prima in the Fifth-Seventh Centuries CE.
2002-2005: Tel Aviv University. Department of Classics and School of History. M.A. Advisor: Prof. Moshe Fischer. Thesis title: The Transition between the Byzantine and the Early Islamic Periods (the 7th Century CE) as Seen through Rural Settlement – Horvat Zikhrin as a Case Study. Graduated with highest honors (summa cum laude).
1999-2002: Tel Aviv University. Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures and Department of Classics. B.A. Graduated with honors (magna cum laude).

Scholarships

2014-2015 The Raymond and Janine Bollag Fund for Post-Doctoral Fellows at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2011-2012 The Fulbright Scholarship for Post-Doctoral Researchers.
2007-2010 The Sara and Dr. David Orgler Scholarship for excellent Ph.D. students in the Humanities.
2006 The Ignatz Bubis Memorial Fund Scholarship in Jewish Studies.
2004 The School of History Scholarship in memory of Zalman Aran.
2003 The Ignatz Bubis Memorial Fund Scholarship in Jewish Studies.

Teaching and Academic Experience

2014-2015: Research associate of a Tel Aviv University funded project (the Apollonia-Arsuf Excavations).
2013-2014: Teaching associate, Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University. Classes taught: The Archaeology and History of the Land of Israel in the Second Temple Period (International MA program “Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible”); Typology of Persian- to Byzantine-Period Ceramics.
2012-2013: Teaching associate, Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University. Class taught: The Archaeology and History of the Land of Israel in the Days of the Mishnah and Talmud (International MA program “Archaeology and History of the Land of the Bible”).
2012-2014: Research associate of an ISF (Israel Science Foundation) funded project (“The Archaeology and History of the Samaritan Settlement outside Samaria, ca. 150-800 CE”), Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University.
2011-2012: Research associate, Joseph and Rebecca Mayerhoff Center for Jewish Studies, University of Maryland, USA.
June 22, 2011: Co-organizing of Specialists Workshop on Pottery from the Islamic Periods in Palestine, Tel Aviv University (with Oren Tal and Edna Stern).
2005-2011: Substitute teacher, Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University. Giving lectures on various subjects in Classical archaeology.
2005: Teaching assistant, Department of Classics, Tel Aviv University. Class taught: Typology of Persian- to Early Islamic-Period Ceramics.

Direction of Archaeological Excavations (on behalf of Tel Aviv University)

2013-2014: Yavneh-Yam (with Zvi Tsuk, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority).
2005, 2007-2008, 2011: Yavneh-Yam (with Moshe Fischer).
2005-2007: Ramla (South) (with Oren Tal).
2004-2005: Khirbet es-Suyyagh.
2003: Mazor (two excavations)
2002: Khirbet Ibreica (with Amir Feldstein).

Area Supervising in Archaeological Excavations

2004: Horvat Sher (on behalf of the Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem).
2003-2004: Mazor (on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority).
2003: Tel Beit Shemesh (on behalf of Tel Aviv University).
2003: Qiryat Shemona (South) (on behalf of Tel Aviv University).
2002: Regavim (on behalf of Tel Aviv University).
2000: Qiryat Gat (on behalf of Tel Aviv University).
2000: Jaffa (on behalf of Tel Aviv University).

Other Archaeology-Related Occupations

2005-2011: Participation in the publication process of the following Hebrew Union College (Jerusalem)-initiated excavations: Tel Dan and Tel ‘Aroer.
2004-present: Participation in the publication process of the following Israel Antiquities Authority-initiated excavations: Mazor, Jerusalem (the Third Wall), Mishmar David and Tel Yavneh.
2001-present: Co-director (with Moshe Fischer) of the Yavneh Regional Survey.
2000-present: Participation in the publication process of the following Tel Aviv University-initiated excavations (under the auspices of the Department of Classics and later the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures): Yavneh-Yam, Aphek-Antipatris, Horvat Mesad, Horvat Zikhrin, Ramat Rahel, Jaffa and Qiryat Shemona (South).

Papers Presented in Conferences, Symposia and Professional Workshops

  1. March 10 2014, Albright Institute, Jerusalem. Egyptian Coarse Wares in Early Islamic Palestine: Types and Distribution, in: The Levantine Ceramic Project – 2014 Mini-Workshop 1.
  2. January 16 2014, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee. Rural Monasticism in the Judean Shephelah between Agriculture and Pilgrimage: Khirbet es-Suyyagh as a Case Study, in: The Sixth Conference of the Israeli Association for Byzantine Studies (in Hebrew).
  3. October 17 2013, Tel Aviv University. Settlement Processes in the Hinterland of Yavneh-Yam during the Early Islamic Period: Preliminary Conclusions Based on the Yavneh Map Survey Project, in: New Discoveries and Innovations. Excavations of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University, Summer 2013 (in Hebrew, with Moshe Fischer).
  4. April 30 2012, University of Maryland. Rural Settlement Near Yavneh in the Byzantine Period: A Religio-Archaeological Perspective, in: The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Studies Spring Term Events.
  5. November 30 2011, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC. A Re-evaluation of the Byzantine-Early Islamic Transition on the Palestinian Coastal Plain: the Archaeological and Historical Evidence in Light of the Excavations at Yavneh-Yam, in: Byzantine Studies Informal Talks.
  6. November 21 2011, University of Chicago. Shedding New Light on the Byzantine-Islamic Transition: Excavations at Yavneh-Yam on the Palestinian Coast, in: Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium.
  7. November 17 2011, San Francisco. Socio-Economic Aspects of the Distribution of Glazed Pottery in Early Islamic Palestine, in: American Schools of Oriental Research 2011 Annual Meeting.
  8. March 3 2011, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Byzantine-Early Islamic Transition in the Palestinian Coastal Plain: A Re-Evaluation of the Archaeological and Historical Evidence, in: Archaeology and History: "Will Two Walk Together?" (in Hebrew).
  9. January 13 2011, University of Haifa. Ramat Rahel: A Pottery Production Center in the Hinterland of Jerusalem in the Late Byzantine and Early Islamic Periods, in: The Fourth Conference of the Israeli Association for Byzantine Studies (in Hebrew; with Nitzan Amitai-Preiss).
  10. June 17 2010, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Presentation of Early Islamic Pottery from Jaffa, in: Specialists Workshop on Pottery from Early Islamic, Crusader and Late Islamic Periods.
  11. April 15 2010, British Museum and University College London. On Consumption and Disposal Variability in Late Byzantine/Early Islamic Palestine, in: 7th International Congress of the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (with Oren Tal).
  12. January 21 2010, Tel Aviv University. The Archaeology of Rural Settlement in Byzantine Palestine: Achievements, Disadvantages and Future Challenges, in: The Third Conference of the Israeli Association for Byzantine Studies (in Hebrew).
  13. October 15 2009, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Rural Monasticism at the Foothills of Southern Samaria and Judaea in the Byzantine Period, in: New Studies in the Archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region (in Hebrew).
  14. June 21 2009, the Institute of Advanced Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Presentation of Early Islamic Pottery from Yavneh-Yam, in: Specialists Workshop on Early Islamic and Crusader Pottery in Urban Sites.
  15. March 13 2009, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Continuity, Gap and New Establishments: The Rural Settlement in Central Palestine in the Roman-Byzantine Transition (2nd-5th Centuries CE), in: Symposium on Palestine in Transition from the Roman to the Byzantine Era: From Palaestina Romana to Terra Sancta.
  16. June 12 2008, Tel Aviv University. Early Islamic Egyptian Coarse Ware in the Coastal Towns of Palestine, in: The Joint Annual Study Day of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University: The Archaeology of Jaffa and Selected Aspects of the Archaeological Activity in 2008 (in Hebrew, with Alexander Fantalkin).
  17. April 5 2008, University of Oxford. From Prosperity to Survival: Rural Monasteries in Palestine in the Transition from Byzantine to Muslim Rule (7th Century CE), in: Challenging Frontiers: Mobility, Transition, and Changes. The Third GAO Conference.
  18. June 14 2007, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem. The Excavations of Khirbet es-Suyyagh – on the Identification of the “Monastery of Samson”, in: The First Conference of the Israeli Association for Byzantine Studies (in Hebrew).
  19. January 25 2007, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem. From “Limen” to “Ribat”: Yavneh-Yam in the Transition from the Byzantine to the Early Islamic Periods, in: Transition Periods in the Archaeology of Israel. The Fourth Study Day: From the Persian to the Early Islamic Periods (in Hebrew).
  20. Mars 2 2006, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ceramic Evidence for Beekeeping in Palestine in the Mamluk and Ottoman Periods, in: The Thirty Second Archaeological Conference in Israel (in Hebrew).
  21. May 18 2006, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem. Yavneh and Its Rural Hinterland in the Byzantine Period – Ethnic Diversity in the Central Coastal Plain, in: Center and Periphery as Reflected through Archaeological Research. The Fourth Study Day: The Byzantine, Early Islamic and Medieval Periods (in Hebrew).
  22. October 27 2005, Tel Aviv University. On the Nature of the Rural Settlement in Palestine in the Beginning of the Early Islamic Period, in: The Joint Annual Study Day of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University (in Hebrew).
  23. June 2 2005, The College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel. Khirbet es-Suyyagh – a Byzantine Monastery in the Judaean Shephelah, in: The 15th Annual Conference of the Judea and Samaria Research Studies (in Hebrew).
  24. June 10 2004, Bar-Ilan University. The Menorahs of the Darom and a New Evidence for a Synagogue in the Vicinity of Yavneh, in: New Studies on the Ancient Synagogue and Its World (in Hebrew, with David Amit).

Professional Membership

Israeli Association for Byzantine Studies.

Languages Proficiency

Hebrew (mother tongue); English (fluent); German (reading); Arabic (reading); Ancient Greek (reading).