Secrets of the Negev: An Archaeologist’s Perspective
Highland Park, Illinois
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Archaeology in Israel’s Negev region began more than a million years ago and continues to the present time. Archeological sites in the Negev include campsites left by small bands of hunter-gatherers, base camps belonging to tribal pastoralists, villages dating back to the earliest periods of metal usage, Israelite-period forts, Roman/Byzantine-Islamic cities and towns, and remains from recent times.
Prof. Steve Rosen will discuss the history of the Negev and how its archaeology reflects the sheer human genius of adapting to the region’s harsh desert environment in a variety of ways.
Prof. Rosen, an anthropologist, holds the Canada Chair in Near Eastern Archaeology at BGU. A member of the Department of Bible, Archeology and Ancient Near East, he has been on the BGU faculty since 1988.
Prof. Rosen was a part of the original excavation team at Tel Sheva, a biblical site near Beer-Sheva that includes fortified towns of the early Israelite period and the monarchic period of Judah, covered by remnants of small fortresses dated from the Persian to the Roman periods.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Prof. Rosen received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.