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The longest-running archaeology course in the world.


That’s how the Tuesday morning English-language archaeology lectures have been referred to.


For over 45 years, Tel Aviv University's Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures have been offering a course in the Archaeology of Israel to a mixed group of diplomats’ spouses, members of the International Women’s Club and local residents who seek quality lectures on the ancient history of Israel and the region in English.


Initiated in the mid-1960s when a group of diplomats’ spouses convinced the late biblical archaeologist Itzhaq Beit-Arieh to organize the series, it subsequently developed a life of its own.


Quality archaeological lectures in English

And now, some 100 people register each semester and arrive at the doors of the Gilman Building each Tuesday morning at 9:00 to listen to lectures by the very best of the local archaeological community, as well as visiting scholars and archaeologists who regularly share their vast knowledge and experience with members of the group.


The series parallels the academic year and in addition to the lectures there are regular field trips to numerous places throughout the country.

Each semester has a theme, the most recent have been: Prehistory of Israel;  Archaeology – Across the Boundaries of Time and Place; Seafaring, Maritime Trade and Ancient Cultures in the Mediterranean Sea; Biblical Archaeology – Jerusalem and Judea; Biblical Archaeology – Israel and the North; Recent Discoveries in the Archaeology of Israel; Jerusalem Perspectives: Jewish, Christian, Muslim; and Archaeology of Tel Aviv and Its Vicinity. 

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