AIA Lecturer/Host: Jodi Magness

Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina

Jodi Magness is the First Vice-President of the Archaeological Institute of America. Since 2002, she has been the Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Magness received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Magness has authored or edited ten books, two of which have won awards, and dozens of articles in journals and edited volumes. Her research focuses on the archaeology of Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods, and Diaspora Judaism in the Roman world. She has participated on over 20 excavations in Israel and Greece, including co-directing the 1995 excavations in the Roman siege works at Masada. Since 2011, Professor Magness has been directing excavations in the Roman-Byzantine village and synagogue of Huqoq (www.huqoq.org) in Israel’s Galilee. In June 2012, excavations reached the synagogue’s floor and revealed that it is paved with stunning mosaics which are still coming to light.

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