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18:45 - 20:00 14 November 2012

Exploring, Training, Conserving: the role of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem in Mandate Palestine


Chadwick Lecture Theatre | Chadwick Building (link Map)
Gower St | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr Amara Thornton, Honorary Research Associate, UCL Institute of Archaeology

In 1918, the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem (BSAJ) was founded. This lecture examines the School’s staff and students contributions to archaeology in the early Mandate period. From the start of the Mandate, the BSAJ as an institution played a major role in shaping archaeology and tourism, through initial conservation and presentation of ancient buildings, in Palestine and Transjordan. As a training institution, it welcomed men and women who wished to gain experience in archaeological practice, learning techniques, languages and making connections for future careers. Although the School suffered from a lack of financial backing, by working alongside international teams and institutions it was able to build up a significant reputation amongst the scholarly and governmental communities. This talk will use archives and memoirs from students of the BSAJ to illuminate the social history of this institution, which still continues to operate in Jerusalem today.


Sara Ben-Isaac
020 7679 3520 | s.benisaac@ucl.ac.uk


Institute of Jewish Studies

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