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Date: Wednesday 12 February 2014
50 years on from the first archaeological excavation of Masada, Head of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Masada excavation team Dr. Guy Stiebel talks about excavations of the site undertaken during the past 25 years.
The myth of Masada is one of the formative myths of Israeli society. To a large extent, the attitude to Masada and its transformation over the years mirror processes that took place in the Jewish society in Palestine and Israeli society ever after 1948. However, an examination of the archeological and historical information teaches that reality in Masada at the time of the rebellion was far more complex than it was previously perceived. The lecture will focus on a critical presentation of the community of rebels at Masada, which reveals itself as a heterogeneous community, alongside an examination of populations that are often excluded from the archeological discourse, such as women and children. Lastly we will dwell upon the new understanding of the Roman siege and its dramatic end.
This talk is in association with the Observer's Masada Exhibit, which will run from Tuesday 21 January to Friday 21 February in the foyer of the newspaper's HQ at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9GU. The exhibition concentrates on the Observer's role in championing the excavations and includes testimonies and memorabilia from some of the volunteers. Access is free, 10am to 6pm each day, 7 days a week.
Box Office: 020 7284 7384 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Partially sponsored by British Friends of Hebrew University.