Levi-Sala Prize Winners Encourage Archaeology of Israel
Last April, three books were awarded prestigious prizes at the 2008 Annual Irene Levi-Sala Research Seminar in Beer Sheva, Israel. The Irene Levi-Sala Prizes for Books in the Archaeology of Israel are given “to encourage and reward high-quality publications, both scholarly and popular, on the archaeology of Israel in the wider context of Near Eastern history and archaeology.”
First prize was awarded to Daphna Ben-Tor, Scarabs, Chronology and Interconnection (Fribourg: Academic Press/Gottingen:Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007), for the category of substantial synthesis.
Second prize, in the category of final excavation report, was given to Rudolph Cohen and Hannah Bernick-Greenberg for Excavations at Kadesh Barnea (Tell el-Qudeirat) 1976–1982, Part 1 and 2 (Jerusalem: Israel Antiquities Authority, 2007).
Third prize, for the category of semi-popular books, went to Avraham Faust, Israel’s Ethnogenesis—Settlement, Expansion and Resistance (London: Equinox Publishing Ltd., 2006).
According to the book prize committee, which included Professors Eliezer Oren (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev), Martha Sharp Joukowsky (Brown University), Larry Stager (Harvard University), Pierre de Miroschedji (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France) and David Ussishkin (Tel Aviv University), the entries for the 2008 awards “exhibited a high level of scholarship and ... are certain to have an enormous impact on archaeological studies.”
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