When the news was released in October that the largest Byzantine-era was discovered in Israel, it widely received coverage (including The Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, NPR, The Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, and many more), which is great. One of the lead archaeologists on that excavation is Dr. Jon Seligman, who joins The Jewish Drinking Show for episode 110 to discuss this archaeological discovery.
Dr. Seligman is an archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority, as well as Director of External Relations and Archaeological Licensing. His previous positions include Director of the Excavations, Surveys and Research Department, and the Jerusalem Regional Archaeologist. Dr. Seligman studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and University College London, receiving his doctorate (summa-cum-laude) from Haifa University on the subject of the “Rural Hinterland of Jerusalem during the Byzantine period”. Dr. Seligman has directed some thirty excavations in Jerusalem, Bet She’an, the Carmel Mountains, Yavneh, and the Great Synagogue of Vilna. He has published widely, including three books, and numerous chapters and articles in refereed books, journals and other publications.