Conference drops archaeologist from occupied West Bank
However, a lecture by a doctoral student, also based at Ariel University, went ahead as planned. Unlike other conference participants, whose institutional affiliations were listed alongside their names in the programme, the pair – Professor David Ben Shlomo and Yair Elmakias, both of the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology – did not have their attachment to Ariel University cited.
The International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) – held every two years and considered one of the two most prestigious gatherings on the subject – was held in Copenhagen from 22-26 May. This year’s conference, its 13th gathering, featured around 20 participants from Israel, coming from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Haifa, Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The fact that two researchers from a settlement university were invited is noteworthy, both because the institution is located in occupied territory, and because excavating in an occupied area is considered a violation under international law.
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