Excavation Director


Oren Gutfeld
The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
University of Michigan
202 S. Thayer Street,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1608
Tel. 1-734-647-3098
1-734-417-0992
E-mail: gutfeldo@umich.edu
Marital status: Married
with four children

Education
2008 Visiting Faculty and Lecturer, The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
2001-2007 Ph.D. degree, Classical Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1995–1999 M.A. degree, Classical Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1990–1994 B.A. degree, Archaeology and combined studies stream, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1983–1986 High school diploma from the high school for environmental studies at Sdeh-Boqer.

Professional Experience
2005–present Excavation director on behalf of the Hebrew University at Beit Loya.
2000–present Member of the final report editing team of the late Nahman Avigad Jewish Quarter Excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem, The Hebrew University and Israel Exploration Society.
2003–2006 Excavation director on behalf of the Hebrew University in the area of the Hurvah Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem (in cooperation with Hillel Geva).
2000–2006 Excavation director on behalf of the Hebrew University at Nahal Sekhakha (Hyrcania Tunnels) in the Judean Desert.
1999–2000 Project manager of the project for the development of the National Park at Herodium, on behalf of the Hebrew University and the Israeli Nature and National Parks Authority.
1998 Excavation director at Tiberias (in cooperation with the late Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld), on behalf of the Hebrew University.
1996 Excavation director at Ramla, on behalf of the Hebrew University.
1993–1997 Research assistant for Prof. Ehud Netzer at the Hebrew University, field archaeologist in Netzer’s excavations at Jericho, Masada and Herodium.
1992–2005 Area supervisor and assistant director at the Hebrew University excavations at Sepphoris.

Teaching Experience
2008 Course instructor: “Jerusalem from the End of the Second Temple period until the Arab Conquest–Archaeological Evidence and Literary Sources,” Judaic Studies, University of Michigan.
Teaching positions held at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem:
2006–2007 “Introduction to Archaeology and Auxiliary Studies” and “Field Archaeology.”
2005–2006 “Hellenistic-Byzantine Fortifications in Ancient Palestine” and “Introduction to Archaeology and Auxiliary Studies.”
2004–2005 “Introduction to Archaeology and Auxiliary Studies” and “Field Archaeology.”
2003–2004 “Introduction to Archaeology and Auxiliary Studies” and “The Urban Planning/Layout of Byzantine-period Jerusalem.”
2000–2002 “Introduction to Archaeology and Auxiliary Studies.”
1998–2002 “Introduction to Archaeology and Auxiliary Studies.”
1995–1997 “Surveying and Mapping Methods.”

Publications:
I. Ph.D. Dissertation
2008 O. Gutfeld, The Cardo and the Nea Church in the South-Western Hill of Jerusalem – A Stratigraphic and Architectural Analysis (supervised by Prof. Y. Tsafrir), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

II. Books
Forthcoming O. Gutfeld, Jewish Quarter Excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem Conducted by Nahman Avigad, 1969–1982, Vol. IV:
The Cardo and the Nea Church, Final Report, Jerusalem (A book contract with the Israel Exploration Society).
Forthcoming O. Gutfeld, Ramla–The Excavations to the North of the White Mosque, Final Report (Qedem 50), Jerusalem.
2008 Y. Hirschfeld, O. Gutfeld, Tiberias–The Excavations at the House of the Bronzes, Final Report I (Qedem 48), Jerusalem.

III. Articles in Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Forthcoming O. Gutfeld, “Araq el-Emir”, in: J.J. Collins and D.C. Harlow, Dictionary of Early Judaism, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids.
Forthcoming O. Gutfeld, “Jericho”, in: J.J. Collins and D.C. Harlow, Dictionary of Early Judaism, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids.
2008 O. Gutfeld, “Hyrcania,” in: E. Stern (ed.), The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land Vol. 5, pp. 1787– 1788.
2008 G. Avni, O. Gutfeld, “Ramla,” in: E. Stern (ed.), The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land Vol. 5, pp. 2007–2010.
2008 Y. Hirschfeld, and O. Gutfeld, “Tiberias,” in: E. Stern (ed.), The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land Vol. 5, pp. 2053–2054.

IV. Articles
2007 O. Gutfeld, “The Planning of Byzantine-Period Jerusalem’s Streets,” Eretz-Israel Vol. 28, Jerusalem 2007, pp. 66–78 (Hebrew).
2007 H. Geva, and O. Gutfeld, “Jerusalem, the Old City–the Jewish Quarter,” ESI 119 (e.j.).
2006 O. Gutfeld, “Hyrcania’s Mysterious Tunnels, Searching for the Treasures of the Copper Scroll,” BAR 32/5, pp. 46–61.
2006 O. Gutfeld, and R. Nenner-Soriano, “Metal Artifacts,” in: H. Geva, Jewish Quarter Excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem Conducted by Nahman Avigad, 1969–1982, Vol. III: Area E and Other Studies, Final Report, Jerusalem, pp. 272–282.
2005 H. Geva, and O. Gutfeld, “Jerusalem, the Old City–the Jewish Quarter, the Hurva Synagogue,” ESI 117 (e.j.).
2004 H. Geva, and O. Gutfeld, “The Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, 2003,” IEJ 54:2, pp. 239–246.
2003 O. Gutfeld, “The Stepped Tunnel Riddle at Hyrcania in the Judean Desert,” Qadmoniot 125, pp. 43–46 (Hebrew).
2003 O. Gutfeld, “Concordance of Finds in Areas A, W and X-2,” in: H. Geva, Jewish Quarter Excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem Conducted by Nahman Avigad, 1969–1982, Vol. II: The Finds from Areas A, W and X-2, Final Report, Jerusalem, pp. 553–568.
2003 H. Geva, and O. Gutfeld, “Excavations at the Hurvah Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem,” in: E. Baruch et. al. (eds.), New Studies on Jerusalem 9, Ramat-Gan, pp. 27–28.
2000 Y. Hirschfeld, and O. Gutfeld, “A Hoard of Fatimid Bronze Vessels from Tiberias,” Al-Usur Al-Wusta 12/1, pp. 1–7.
2000 Y. Hirschfeld, and O. Gutfeld, “Tiberias,” ESI 112, pp. 15–16.
1999 O. Gutfeld, “Ramla: Excavations to the North of the White Mosque,” in: S. Gibson, and F. Vitto, (eds.), Ramla, Israel Antiquities Authority, Jerusalem, pp. 34–37.
1999 O. Gutfeld, “Ramla,” ESI 109, pp. 65–68.
1999 O. Gutfeld, “Tel Qatra (Southwest),” ESI 110, p. 65.
1999 Y. Hirschfeld and O. Gutfeld, “Discovery of a Bronze Hoard of the Fatimid Period in Tiberias,” Qadmoniot 118, pp. 102–107 (Hebrew).

Grants and Fellowships:
2007 – 2008 Visiting Scholar, The Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2005–2006 Grant for two excavation seasons of the ancient tunnels at Hyrcania (sponsoring foundation wishes to remain anonymous)
2005 Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, [Awarded for Excellency under the name of Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi for the research of Eretz-Israel
2004 Fellowship at the Deutsches Archaologisches Institut (DAI) Research Library, Rome, Italy
2004 Scholarship for Excellency in advanced studies, the Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2003 Summer fellowship at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library (Harvard University), Washington D.C.
2002–2004 Shelby-White Leon-Levi Program for Archaeological Publication, The Cardo and Nea Church, in the Old City, Jerusalem
2001 The Francis Günter Award for Jerusalem Studies

Presentations in Conferences:
Forthcoming Apr. 2009 The 8th Roman Archaeology Conference, The University of Michigan, “From Aelia Capitolina to Hagia Polis Hierosalima – Changes in the Urban Layout of Jerusalem.”
Forthcoming Nov. 2008 Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, “Jerusalem in the Byzantine Period: New Aspects of the Cardo and the Nea Church.”
2007 University of Arizona and the Archaeological Institute of America Tucson Society Lecture Series: “The Copper Scroll and the Hyrcania's Mysterious Tunnel.”
2007 Third Annual Congress, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Israel Antiquities Department, Jerusalem: “The Construction of the Nea Church as a Reaction to the Temple of Solomon.”
2007 The first congress of the Israel Society for Byzantine Studies, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem: “From the Nea Church to the Hurva Synagogue—New Discoveries in the Study of the Jerusalem’s Southwestern Hill.”
2003 Twenty-Ninth Annual Congress of Israeli Archaeology, Jerusalem: “Hyrcania’s Stepped Tunnels.”
2003 New Studies on Jerusalem—the Ninth Conference, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel: “The Excavations at the Hurvah Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, the Old City, Jerusalem.”
2000 Official presentation of the bronze hoard and the ‘Jesus’ coins from Tiberias excavation to the Pope at the Vatican.
1999 Twenty-Fifth Annual Congress of Israeli Archaeology, Jerusalem: “An Islamic Metal Hoard from Tiberias Excavations.”

Membership in Professional Associations:
 Council member of the Israel Exploration Society
 The Israel Society of Byzantine Studies
 Society of Biblical Literature

Miscellaneous:
1998 Executive curator of the exhibition of Yigal Shiloh’s City of David excavations, Seoul, South Korea.
1997 Executive curator of the exhibition of Yigal Yadin’s Masada excavations, Provo, Utah.
1995–2007 Archaeology instructor for guides of the Israeli Nature and Parks Authority.

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