Meet the Staff

Michael Allwood

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Michael is a B.A. student of Archaeology in Tel Aviv University. Residing in the lovely city of Tel Aviv, he has excavated in various sites such as Tel Azekah, Masada and Tel Beit Shemesh. In the upcoming season, Michael will work as an Area Assistant Supervisor.

Dennis Cole

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Dennis Cole is a Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology occupying the Mcfarland Chair of Archaeology, Chairman of the Division of Biblical Studies, Co-Director of the Michael and Sara Moskau Institute of Archaeology, NOBTS, and Co-Director of Tel Hadid Expedition. Upon the completion of a commentary on Numbers (The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary for Logos), Dennis plans to initiate a new project, The Vineyard and the Cultus: A Study in the Socio-Cultic Implications of Bronze and Iron Age Viticulture and Vinification.

Amit Etya

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Amit Etya is a BA student at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University. Currently living in Rishon LeZion, Amit took part in the Tel Azekah Expedition and the Beit Shemesh salvage excavation. Amit is also a part of the photography and social media team of the Institute of Archeology at TAU.

Ido Koch

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Ido Koch is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University, and co-director of the Tel Hadid Expedition. He studies the archaeology of Bronze and Iron Ages Southern Levant. His recently published monograph (The Shadow of Egypt, Jerusalem, 2018) deals with the Egyptian–Levantine colonial encounters during the Late Bronze Age. He participated as an area supervisor at Ramat Rahel (2007–2010) and Tel Azekah (2012–2016).

Noam Kodesh

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Noam Kodesh is a second year BA student at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University. Noam took part in the Messada, Tel Azekah, city of David, Beit Shemesh Excavations. As of this year she is Area Assistant Supervisor at Messada and Tel Hadid excavations. Noam is is also a part of the photography and social media team of the Institute of Archeology at TAU.

Lin Lawson Pruitt

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Lin Lawson Pruitt is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focus is in the Social Archaeology of the Ancient Near East.  With previous field experience in the prehistoric and historic eras of the American Southwest, she has excavated in Israel at Tel Rehov, Tel Gezer (2006–2013), and Ashkelon and been the conservator/ registrar with the Tel Gezer (2013–2014) and Tel Gezer Water System (2015–2018) projects.

Ruthy Lewis

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Originally from San Diego, California, Ruthy is currently working on her masters degree in archaeology at Tel Aviv University. She is writing her thesis on Roman and Byzantine period glass from Tel Hadid, retrieved from the salvage excavations in the 1990’s. She has participated in a variety of excavations in israel, including most recently as a staff member at the salvage excavations at Beit Shemesh. She is really looking forward to joining the Tel Hadid team and can’t wait for the coming 2019 season.

Gary D. Myers

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Gary earned his M.A. in Biblical Archaeology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and will complete his degree in the Fall of 2018. An area supervisor at Tel Hadid, Gary worked with the Tel Gezer Water System Expedition for the past seven seasons. In 2016 and 2017, Gary was the area supervisor at the MB II gate at Tel Gezer. Gary also holds a B.A. in Communication from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Seminary.

James Parker

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James Parker is a Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Archaeology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as Co-Director of Tel Hadid Expedition, the Executive Director of the Michael and Sara Moskau Institute of Archaeology and Associate Vice President of Facilities, NOTBS. Specialized in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies, Greek and New Testament Studies, and Church History, James authored The War Scroll: Genre & Origin (Borderstone Press, 2012), which investigates the various literary forms that are contained within the War Scroll, 1QM.

Noa Ranzer

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A local Tel Avivian, Noa completed her B.A. studies in philosophy and literature, and is currently an M.A. student of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University. Noa’s thesis focuses on the subject of “Object’s Biography: Middle and Late Bronze Age Scarabs in the Yarkon Basin,” under the supervision of Prof. Yuval Gadot and Dr. Ido Koch. An Area Supervisor at Tel Hadid, Noa has participated at the expeditions to Tel Azekah and Tel Shimron.

Dan Warner

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Dan Warner is the Director for The Center for Archaeological Research and a Professor of Old Testament and Archaeology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dan is a co-director of the Tel Hadid Expedition and a co-director of the Tel Gezer Water System excavation and preservation project. He has also served various roles on other excavations over the past 25 years. Sites include Ashkelon, Tel Haror, Tel Kabri, Tell el-Far’ah (S), Tel Megiddo, Gath and Tel Gezer Proper.  He has authored several articles and books including The Archaeology of Canaanite Cult, and most recent co-edited A City Set on a Hill, a Festschrift honoring his mentor Dr. James F. Strange. Dan stands as President of the Virtual Bible Project and he holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, England.

Alexandra Wrathall

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A masters student at Tel Aviv University, Alex is a field archaeologist and Iron Age II ceramic specialist. Originally from Australia, she has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Research (specializing in Ancient Near Eastern narrative and narratology) from Macquarie University, Sydney. An area supervisor at Tel Hadid, Alex has enjoyed working at a number of sites across the Southern Levant, including Tel Azekah, Masada, Tel Aphek, City of David/Silwan, and Naḥal Nitsana.

Eli Yannai

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Eli Yannai is a co-director of the Tel Hadid Expedition and a co-director of the Tel Gezer Water System excavation and preservation project.

Omer Ze’evi

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Currently residing in Tel Aviv, Omer Ze’evi is a field archaeologist and Masters student at Tel Aviv University. Omer is currently completing his thesis on Late Bronze Age pottery at Tell Beth Shemesh, Israel. Further to this, Omer specializes in digital and landscape archaeology. Beginning in 2012, Omer has had the pleasure of being part of archaeological expeditions to Tel Beth Shemesh, Kiryath Jearim and Masada. In the upcoming season Omer will work as an Area Supervisor.