Shimon Gibson - Director
Shimon Gibson is a British-born archaeologist working in Jerusalem, where he is currently a Senior Associate Fellow at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. He was recently appointed adjunct Professor of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He undertook his academic studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London, where he also completed his PhD on Landscape Archaeology in the southern Levant. During the past twenty years he has conducted numerous excavations and field surveys in different parts of Israel. Between 1989-1995 he undertook research and cataloguing in the archives of the Palestine Exploration Fund in London. He was the head of the Research and Scientific Reports Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority from 1995 to 1999. Since then he has dedicated himself to a number of major excavation projects, notably at Suba and Mount Zion. Shimon is the author of more than one hundred research articles on a variety of subjects, and for more than two decades served as the Chief Editor of the archaeological journal "Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society" published in London. He was also one of the Divisional Editors of the new edition of the "Encyclopedia Judaica" published in 2007. He is the co-author of two scientific monographs on the antiquities of Jerusalem (on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and on the Temple Mount), and has edited the "Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land" (New York, 2000) and "The Illustrated Dictionary and Concordance of the Bible" (New York 2005). His book of nineteenth-century photographs of Jerusalem was published in the States by Eisenbrauns (2003). A book on his archaeological work in the Cave of John the Baptist was published by Random House and Doubleday in 2004. His book entitled "Flights into Biblical Archaeology" (Albatross, 2007) was published with the Israel Antiquities Authority. His recent book on the archaeology of first century Jerusalem "The Final Days of Jesus: The Archaeological Evidence" has just appeared published by HarperCollins.