Institute of Archaeology


George Grove The Founder of Palestinian/Israeli Archaeology

14 January 2019, 6:00 pm

George Grove in 1863. NPG Ax38162 (© National Portrait Gallery, London)

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Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology

The UCL Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by David Jacobson (KCL) on 14 January.

Trained as a civil engineer, with a speciality in lighthouses, George Grove was appointed secretary of the Crystal Palace at Sydenham from 1852 to 1873, where he cultivated parallel interests in the topography and archaeology of the Holy Land and in musicology. Grove was instrumental in founding the Palestine Exploration Fund. The case will be made for recognising him as the true founder of Palestinian/Israeli archaeology.

David Jacobson is Visiting Research Fellow in Classics at KCL, where he obtained a PhD in Classical Archaeology. A member of the Executive Committee of the PEF for more than two decades, he edited its journal, the PEQ, from 2009 to 2015. He has published books and articles on the art, architecture and numismatics of the Land of Israel and his latest volume, a biography of Agrippa II, is in press.

All welcome. Admission free without ticket.

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