Dr. David Ben-Shlomo


Dr. David Ben-Shlomo is Co-Director of the Khirbet el-Mastarah excavation project. He serves as an associate professor of archaeology at Ariel University. He is co-editor of Judea and Samaria Research Studies. He completed a Ph.D. degree in Biblical Archaeology and Archaeometry in 2005 at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His main research interests are Bronze and Iron Age archaeology of Israel, proto-historic architecture, the Philistine material culture, archaeometry and petrography of pottery, and ancient art and iconography. He has been involved in archaeological fieldwork since 1996, and has been on staff at the excavation projects at Sha’ar Hagolan, Tel Tsaf and Tell es-Safi/Gath in Israel. He co-directed the excavations at Tel Hebron in 2014. In addition to many articles in Near Eastern and Biblical archaeology, ancient art and archaeometry, he has published seven books, including the final excavation reports at Ashdod, Azor, Sha’ar Hagolan and Tell Jemmeh (with G. Van Beek, The Smithsonian Institution Excavation at Tell Jemmeh, Israel 1970-1990, Washington DC, SISP, 2014), and Philistine Iconography: A Wealth of Style and Symbolism (OBO 241, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010). He and his wife, Anna, have one daughter, Tamar (20), and two sons, Nadav (18) and Dan (10).