The Azekah Excavation team includes scholars and specialists from a range of academic fields, who travel from across the world each year to excavate with us.

As archaeology becomes increasingly interdisciplinary, so too does our team. Explore our team’s individual scholarly portfolios, and learn more about their credentials and academic interests.

Meet the Team 

The excavation is lead by our three Directors, Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, Prof. Manfred Oeming of Heidelberg University, and Dr. Yuval Gadot of Tel Aviv University.

Alongside the excavation leaders is our team of administration and fieldwork specialists. It is our privilege to work with Liora Freud as our excavation Registrar and Ceramics Expert, and our incredible administrative team of Maddison Quail-Gates and Shai Berk!


2019 Excavation Area Supervisors

Area N1:  Josef Briffa and Manfred Oeming

Area W1: Abra Spiciarich

Area E3 Upper: Nitsan Shalom

Area S1: Alexandra Wrathall


2019 Excavation Area Assistants

Area N1:  Christoph Wind and Kamal Morad

Area W1: Maddison Quail-Gates

Area E3 Upper: Claudia Muñoz Riesco and Amit Etya

Area S1: Inbar Meyerson and Shai Berk


2018 Additional Excavation Specialists

Zooarchaeology: Abra Spiciarich

Photography: Benjamin Sitzmann

Excavation Partner Institutions

It is our great pleasure and honour to work with a multitude of quality academic institutions. Our partner Universities are essential to the continued development of the Azekah project.

Our Partner Institutions are represented by leading academics and include;


Heidelberg University: Prof. Manfred Oeming
Oldenburg University: Prof. Jakob Wöhrle

Czech Republic

Charles University in Prague: Filip Čapek, Th.D, Dr. Petr Sláma, and Prof. ThDr. Martin Prudký

United States of America 

Iowa University: Prof. Robert Cargill
Notre Dame University: Prof. Abraham Winitzer



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