BAR 16:01, Jan/Feb 1990
Sea Peoples Saga
Ekron of the Philistines
How they lived, worked and worshiped for five hundred years
The first joint American-Israeli archaeological expedition was conceived on a hot summers afternoon in 1980. Seymour Gitin, director of the William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, and Ernest Frerichs, the Albright president, were having tea with Hebrew University professor Trude Dothan at her home in Jerusalem. We were discussing joint American-Israeli academic programs. Everyone agreed on the mutual benefits of these programs for American and Israeli scholars, as well as their students, and we asked each other why there werent more such programs. None of us recalls who suggested it, but before we knew it, we were talking about a joint Albright/Hebrew University archaeological expedition.