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  • Ekron Royal Dedicatory Inscription, 7th century BCE
  • Philistine Bichrome Pottery with bird motif, Tel Miqne-Ekron, 12th/11th century BCE

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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.


Letter from the Director




Dear Friends, Alumni, and Supporters,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Staff in Jerusalem, I wish to welcome you to the 2017-2018 academic year at the Albright Institute, marking our 118th year of supporting biblical and archaeological research in the Near East! This year, we have eighteen resident fellows–internationally recognized scholars, post-doctoral and doctoral students, and undergraduates–from or working in the United States, Canada, Greece, China, Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. We have over 30 events already planned for the year.

Last year was an exciting one on the Albright campus. Through the generous support of Bjorn and Beverly Lindgren, Norma Kershaw, an anonymous friend, and many of you, we raised nearly $400,000 through our successful Director’s House Challenge Campaign for several major facilities projects. We received 82 contributions towards the Director’s House Challenge, and half of those gifts were in amounts of $100 or less. Thank you; contributions of all sizes led to the success of this campaign!

With these funds, we reacquired the old Director’s House, converting the first floor into our new Lecture Hall and Event Space. We’ve hosted 23 events since the first event there in December 2016, including live-streamed lectures, dinners, special events, and a musical performance. The second floor renovations were completed earlier this month as the new Director’s Apartment, which further frees up one of our other apartments, allowing us to host more fellows with families.

Last fall we remodeled three of our hostel rooms into rooms with en-suite facilities. The demand for these beautiful private rooms has been awesome, attracting constituents old and new. At the same time, we renovated the entry hall and front offices, creating a welcoming new ingress and fresh spaces for our Communications Director and Finance Manager. Finally, the Board of Trustees authorized the use of endowment funds to replace the three leaking roofs of the main buildings, providing a new layer of protection against the elements for our important resources.

With all of these upgrades, we’ve attracted new constituents, expanded our services to our researchers, and generated new sources of income for the Institute. As a result, we are able to support more research in a better environment, reasserting the Albright’s role as the premier foreign institute for ancient Near Eastern studies in Jerusalem.

This year promises to be no less exciting. We will turn our focus from facilities toward enhancing our programming, modernizing the library, and putting in place a new comprehensive development plan for the Institute.

We are ready for the next steps in our revitalization of the library, which began three years ago with an external evaluation and report on recommendations, the upgrade of our library catalog software, and a detailed audit of our periodicals and electronic resources. Our newly formed library board will take on its new task of putting in a place a new collections development policy, which will be the basis for a detailed assessment of our monograph holdings and an acquisitions policy.

This year’s Annual Fund will support the library initiative and our annual programming for our fellows, still going strong just as in 1907. If you have had an Albright Fellowship, attended lectures, field trips, or other events, or otherwise benefited from the Institute’s presence in Jerusalem, please consider supporting the Annual Fund. Our goal is to raise $100,000 by June 2018. Please take a moment to give online on our secure site. Every little bit helps!


Matthew J. Adams
Director, W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research



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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.