Prof. Aren Maier

Prof. Maier was born in Rochester, NY, in 1958, and immigrated with his family to Israel in 1969. he completed his elementary and secondary schooling in Jerusalem. Between 1977 and 1982 he served in the Israeli army, attaining the rank of Captain. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attaining a B.A. in Archaeology and Jewish History (1986, summa cum laude), and a Ph.D. in Archaeology (1997, summa cum laude).His primary expertise is Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology.He has participated in excavations at numerous sites in Israel, including: Hazor, Jerusalem, Beth Shean, and Qasile, and has directed archaeological excavations and surveys in Jerusalem (The Western Wall Tunnels, Mamilla, Kikar Safra, Malha), Tell es-Safi/Gath, the Beth Shean Valley, and Tel Yavneh.His primary professional focus is the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project. Over the years he has published more than 150 scholarly and popular studies in various journals and books, and has written and edited several books. He has also received close to $5 million in research grants, mostly for projects relating to the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project. He is located at (and formerly served as the chairmen of) the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University, which is located in Ramat-Gan, Israel, where he teachs Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology.

He is married to Adina (neé Hartman), and they have three sons, and a grandson, and live in Jerusalem.


Over the years, I have lectured before very diverse crowds (of various denominations, faiths, and backgrounds), and have been interviewed by various printed and electronic media. My lectures are can be geared for academic, semi-popular, and/or popular settings, and are always accompanied with extensive color slides. I am completely fluent in both Hebrew and English.

Among the public lectures that he has presented in the past:

  • The Search for Goliath – Excavating Biblical Gath of the Philistines
  • Goliath in myth, text and reality
  • What’s “new” (or “old”) in biblical archaeology? Recent finds and current debates
  • The Archaeology and History of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem: Perspectives from the past – prospectives for the future
  • The Archaeology of Biblical Jerusalem
  • Archaeology and politics in contemporary Israel
  • Archaeology and religion – the viewpoint of an Orthodox Jewish archaeologist
  • How the ancient Israelites worshipped – the view from archaeology
  • The art of warfare in biblical times

If you are interested in the possibility of coordinating lectures, please contact:

Prof. Aren M. Maeir
The Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan 52900, ISRAEL
Tel: ++972-54-620-5082
Fax: ++972-3-635-4941


For more information about the general Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Tell es-Safi/Gath, please click on this link

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