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Yale Ph.D. Candidate Wins Dever Memorial Prize

June 15, 2007

The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research recently announced that the 2006 Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize was awarded to Adam Kolman Marshak of Yale University.

The award is offered to a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian and Biblical Archaeology for the best published article or paper presented at a conference. Marshak’s winning paper is titled “The Dated Coins of Herod the Great: Towards a New Chronology.” In it he argues that Herod’s largest and most artistic issue of coins, known as the “dated series,” should be redated to 27 B.C.E., when Marshak believes they were struck to commemorate the rebuilding and renaming of Samaria/Sebaste in Augustus’s honor.

According to Marshak, his research focuses primarily on the political history of Hasmonean and Herodian Judea and the Near East. He is expected to receive his Ph.D. in history from Yale in December 2007.

The Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize was established in 2001 by Professor William G. Dever and Mrs. Norma Dever in memory of their son Sean.

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