The Tel Azekah Excavation team is built on an international mix of archaeologists, historians, scholars, scientists, students and volunteers, who travel from across the globe every year to join us in the field.

The excavation is lead by our directors, Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, and Prof. Manfred Oeming of Heidelberg University. Joining our directors is also Dr. Sabine Kleiman of Tübingen University.

Prof. Oded Lipschits, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Manfred Oeming, Heidelberg University
Dr. Sabine Kleiman of Tübingen University

Our excavation also couldn’t run without our team of fieldwork specialists! It is our pleasure to work with our resident Registrar and Ceramics Expert, Dr. Liora Freud and registrar assistant Daria Leibin Graiver.

Dr. Liora Freud
Registrar and Ceramicist

Daria Leibin Graiver
Registrar Assistant

Alongside the excavation leaders is our incredible administrative team of Maddison Quail-Gates and Daniel Nam!

Maddison Quail-Gates
Daniel Nam

Meet the 2022 Team

Area A1

Area Supervisor: Assaf Kleiman

Area Assistants: John Will Rice and Grady Gillet

Area E3 Upper

Area Supervisor: Nitsan Shalom

Area Assistant: Hannah Ripps

Area N1

Area Supervisors: Josef Briffa and Christoph Wind

Area Assistants: Noga Rapaport and Arion Ligthart

Area S1

Area Supervisor: Alexandra Wrathall

Area Assistant: Daniel Nam

Area S3

Area Supervisor: Helena Roth

Area Assistant: Itay Sharir and Avinoam Lehavi

Area W1

Area Supervisor: Maddison Quail-Gates

Area Assistant: Bouddicca Bell

Excavation Partner Institutions

It is our great pleasure and honour to work with a multitude of quality universities and institutions from across the globe. Our partner institutions 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

University of Tübingen: Prof. Dr. Jakob Wöhrle
and Dr. Sabine Kleiman

Czech Republic

Charles University: Dr. Filip Čapek, Dr. Petr Sláma, and Prof. Martin Prudký

United States of America

Notre Dame University: Prof. Abraham Winitzer


Université Laval: Prof. Jonathan Bourgel

United Kingdom

Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society

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