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Amihai Mazar

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On the left Professor Amihai Mazar

Amihai "Ami" Mazar (Hebrew: עמיחי מזר‎) (born 1942) is an Israeli archaeologist. Born in Haifa, Israel (then the British Mandate of Palestine), he is currently (since 1994) Professor at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, holding the Eleazer Sukenik Chair in the Archaeology of Israel.

Mazar has directed archaeological excavations at a number of sites in Israel that include:

Mazar is an author in the field of Biblical archaeology, his Archaeology of the Land of the Bible is a text used in many universities.[citation needed]

Mazar is married with three children and resides in Jerusalem. He is the nephew of Benjamin Mazar, one of the first generation of pioneering Israeli archaeologists after Independence, and cousin to fellow archaeologist Eilat Mazar.


In 2009, Prof. Mazar was awarded the Israel Prize in archaeology.[1] [2]

Ancient beehives

While excavating the ancient city of Rehov (pop. about 2,000 residents at that time) Mazar discovered 30 intact hives, dating from c.900 BC. The beehives, made of straw and unbaked clay were found in orderly rows and may be the oldest complete beehives ever discovered.[3]



  • Excavations at Tell Qasile, Part One. The Philistine Sanctuary: Architecture and Cult Objects (Qedem 12). Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1981.
  • Excavations at Tell Qasile, Part Two. Various Finds, The Pottery, Conclusions, Appendices (Qedem 20). Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1985.
  • Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, 10,000 - 586 B.C.E., Anchor Bible Reference Library, Doubleday, 1990. ISBN 0-385-23970-X (Hbk) ISBN 0-385-42590-2 (Pbk)
  • Timnah – A Biblical Town in the Sorek Valley. Winona Lake 1995 (with G. L. Kelm).
  • Timnah (Tel Batash) I: Stratigraphy and Architecture (Qedem 37). Jerusalem 1997.
  • Timnah (Tel Batash) II: The Finds from the First Millennium BCE (Qedem 42). Jerusalem 2001 (with N. Panitz-Cohen).
  • Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989–1996, Volume I. From the Late Bronze Age IIB to the Medieval Period. Jerusalem 2006.
  • Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean 1989–1996, Volume II: The Middle and Late Bronze Afe Strata in Area R (editor with Robert Mullins). Jerusalem 2007.
  • The Quest for the Historical Israel (Archaeological and Biblical Studies 17)(with I.Finkelstein. editor B.B.Schmidt), Atlanta 2007.


  • “The Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean”, Eretz-Israel 21 (1990), pp. 197–211 (in Hebrew).
  • “Temples of the Middle and Late Bronze Ages and the Iron Age”, in Kempinski, A. & Reich, R. (eds), The Architecture of Ancient Israel from the Prehistoric to the Persian Periods - in Memory of Immanual (Munya) Dunayevsky, Jerusalem: IES, (1992), pp. 161–187.
  • “The Excavations at Tel Beth-Shean in 1989-1990”, in Biran, A. & Aviram, J. (eds), Biblical Archaeology Today, 1990 - Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Biblical Archaeology, Jerusalem, 1990, Jerusalem: IES, (1993), pp. 606–619.
  • “Beth Shean in the Iron Age: Preliminary Report and Conclusions of the 1990 - 1991 Excavations”, IEJ 43.4 (1993), pp. 201–229.
  • “Four Thousand Years of History at Tel Beth-Shean”, Qadmoniot 27.3-4 (1994), pp. 66–83 (in Hebrew).
  • “Four Thousand Years of History at Tel Beth-Shean - An Account of the Renewed Excavations”, BA 60.2 (1997), pp. 62–76.
  • “The Excavations at Tel Beth Shean during the Years 1989-94”, in Silberman, N.A. & Small, D. (eds), The Archaeology of Israel – Constructing the Past, Interpreting the Present, [JSOT Supplement Series 237], Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, (1997), pp. 144–164.

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