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/Göttingen: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).