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BAR Interviews Amihai Mazar—A New Generation of Israeli Archaeologists Comes of Age
Jerusalem, April 22, 1983
Hershel Shanks: Ami, in the United States no one, or almost no one, has heard of you. You’re one of the younger generation of Israeli archaeologists. And the reason I want to talk to you about yourself and your work is because in a way you are representative of a new generation of Israeli archaeologists. You’re also special because in Israel you have the reputation of being one of the very best young Israeli archaeologists. How did it happen? How does an Israeli like you become an archaeologist?
Amihai Mazar: In my case, it was quite natural. I have been looking at excavations since I was 6 or 7. It was in the family. My father always took me to excavations. I visited the excavations of my uncle, Benjamin Mazar. I remember at the age of 15 participating for the first time in an excavation. It was at Beth She’arim with Professor [Nahman] Avigad. At that same age I worked in the Haifa Museum.

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