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 fieldwork specialists. It is our privilege to work with Liora Freud as our excavation Registrar and Ceramics Expert, our Surveyor Neil Erskine, our General Manager Limor Torbatti and our Administrator Alexandra Wrathall. 

2016 Excavation Area Supervisors

Area N1:  Noa Shatil, Josef Briffa, Prof. Manfred Oeming, and Dr. Kyle Keimer

Area E1: Efrat Bocher

Area E3: Helena Roth and Nitsan Shalom

Area S2: Gabriella Rodrigues and Dr. Omer Sergi

Area W: Dr. Ido Koch

Area T2: Sabine Kleiman


2016 Additional Excavation Specialists

Zooarchaeology: Abra Spiciarich

Residue Analysis: Vanessa Linares

Numismatist: Yoav Farhi

Photography: Benjamin Sitzmann

Registrar Assistant: Ayelet Feldman

Measurements Assistant: Joshua Errington

The 2015 Staff Photo

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
King University: Prof. Don Michael Hudson


Macquarie University: Dr. Kyle Keimer and Dr. Gil Davis


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