Institute of Archaeology


The Sound of Silence: About Palaces, Administrative Centres and Temples Near Jerusalem

20 February 2023, 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

A 3D reconstruction of the entrance to the edifice of Ramat Rahel (sandy coloured structure against a blue background). Created by Architect Roy Albag. All rights reserved to the Ramat Rahel Archaeological Expedition.

The UCL Institute of Archaeology and Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society will jointly host a lecture by Oded Lipschits (Tel Aviv University) on 20 February.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Dr Rachael Sparks – Institute of Archaeology


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6
UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

Excavations near Jerusalem have revealed magnificent palaces, a temple, and a villa overlooking Jerusalem from the south, dated to the end of the First Temple Period (late 8th century–early 6th century BCE). The exceptional structures were of great political, economic, administrative and cultic importance. So why is it they don’t feature in biblical accounts of this period? Join us to find out.

This lecture will be held in Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY. Attendance is free, though registration is required via the booking link above. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception in the adjacent Leventis Gallery. 

This event is being hosted by the UCL Institute of Archaeology and the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, and is part of a lecture tour supported by a legacy from the late Dr Mike Sommers, former AIAS Vice President.

For queries, please contact secretary@aias.org.uk

About the Speaker

Oded Lipschits

Professor of Jewish History at Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University

Oded Lipschits is Professor of Jewish History in the Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures at Tel Aviv University and serves as the Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at the university. He is also the Incumbent of the Austria Chair of the Archeology of the Land of Israel in the Biblical Period and the head of the international M.A. and Ph.D. program in Ancient Israel Studies. Professor Lipschits directed the excavations at Ramat Raḥel between 2005 and 2010. Since 2012 he has been the Director of the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition, and in recent years he has also been directing excavations in the new temple of the biblical period discovered in Moza, only a few kilometers from Jerusalem. Prof. Lipschits is the 2022 Laureate of the EMET Prize ("the Israeli Nobel Prize") in the field of Archaeology.