• The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research
  • The Albright Institute. Drawing by Linda Lundbom
  • Ekron Royal Dedicatory Inscription, 7th century BCE
  • Philistine Bichrome Pottery with bird motif, Tel Miqne-Ekron, 12th/11th century BCE

News & Upcoming Events

Meet the Newest Staff Member at the Albright

The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research is pleased to announce the newest addition to our staff, Aaron Greener. Aaron is joining us as the Program and Office Manager and will develop, coordinate, and produce our annual program of field trips, workshops, lectures, and special events at the Albright. He will also be responsible for our Destination Albright events for groups holding special lectures, dinners, tours, and receptions on premises, and for our Archaeological Services, which include rental of storage, labs, and equipment.

While Aaron is new to our staff, he has been a part of the Albright community for several years. He has held fellowships at the Albright, including a U.S. State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs Fellowship in 2015. He was also the Ernest S. Frerichs Fellow and Program Coordinator for the 2015-2016 academic year, and a 2017-2018 Albright Associate Postdoctoral Fellow. Since 2016 he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratory for Ground Stone Tools Research at the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa. His research focuses on the study of ground stone tools at Bronze and Iron Age sites, among them the copper production sites in the Timna Valley and at Tel Megiddo East. Aaron completed his Ph.D. at the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology Department at Bar-Ilan University about imported pottery during the Late Bronze Age. During his studies, he spent a year as an associate member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He has participated in and staffed many excavations in Israel including at Tel ‘Eton and the Timna Valley. He is also involved in educational archaeology endeavors for children and popular audiences (www.digthepast.org).

Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize 2018

MARCH 9, 2018

The William F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem is pleased to announce the winner of the seventeenth annual competition for the Sean W. Dever Memorial Prize. This award offers $650 for the best published article or paper presented at a conference by a Ph.D. candidate in Syro-Palestinian or Biblical Archaeology. Authors may be of any nationality but the article or paper must be in English.

The winner this year is the paper by Andrew Burlingame, a PhD candidate in Northwest Semitic Philology in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His paper—“Line Five of the Amman Citadel Inscription: History of Interpretation and a New Proposal”—was published in the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 376 (2016): 63–82.

The Sean W. Dever Prize was established in 2001 by Mrs. Norma Dever and Professor William G. Dever, in memory of their son Sean.


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The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR)

The W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research-AIAR-was founded in 1900, as the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. Its current mission is to develop and disseminate scholarly knowledge of the literature, history, and culture of the Near East, as well as the study of civilization from pre-history to the early Islamic period.

Located in an historic 1920’s-period building, now a Jerusalem landmark, the Albright maintains residential and research facilities including a 35,000 volume library, publication offices, and archaeological workshops. Annually, 65 fellows from diverse national, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, and including Israeli and Palestinians participate in AIAR’s international fellowship program. It offers a unique opportunity for interaction and the exchange of information and ideas, and promotes intellectual integrity and respect in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. This environment is not duplicated in any other similar institution in the region.

The Institute provides support for North American archaeological excavations and surveys; it also promotes working relationships with other local and foreign institutions in Israel and fosters friendly interaction with the neighboring community.


The Albright Institute provides up to $325,000 in fellowships and special awards each year for senior, post-doctoral, doctoral, and independent scholars. These include the prestigious Seymour Gitin Distinguished Professorship, Ernest S. Frerichs Annual Professorship, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, Educational and Cultural Affairs Fellowships, Marcia and Oded Borowski Research Fellowship, Lydie T. Shufro Summer Research Fellowship, Noble Group Fellowships for Chinese Scholars, Glassman Holland Research Fellowship for European Scholars, George A. Barton Fellowship, Carol and Eric Meyers Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and Associate Fellowships.

The Ernest S. Frerichs Program for Albright Fellows

For the past 35 years the Albright Institute has developed and expanded a unique international Fellowship program opened to scholars involved in Near Eastern studies, from prehistory to the early Islamic period. Currently 64 Fellows participate in this program annually. They come from diverse cultural, ethnic, religious and political backgrounds from all over the world, including Israel and the Palestinian Authority. All work together, exchanging information and ideas in a convivial and friendly atmosphere that promotes intellectual integrity and respect, and is not duplicated in any other institution in the region.