Dr. Shira Albaz

Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Shira Albaz

Shira Albaz (PhD, 2020, Bar-Ilan University) is the coordinator of the RIAB Center activities and the director of the laboratory of Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project, in the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University, and serves as well a field supervisor in the Tell es-Safi/Gath excavations. She is currently conducting post-doctoral research at the Department of Maritime Civilizations and the Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies, at the University of Haifa, under the guidance of Prof. Assaf Yasur-Landau.
Her research focuses on the Early Bronze Age and household archaeology of the southern Levant.

Selected Publications:

Albaz. S., Greenfield, H. J. and Maeir A. M. 2017. Evidence for Administration and Leisure/Recreation at Early Bronze Age Tell es-Safi/Gath, Near Eastern Archaeology80/4: 270-72.

Albaz. S., Greenfield, H. J. and Maeir A. M. 2017. Board Games in Biblical Gath, Biblical Archaeology Review 43/5: 22, 68.

Eliyahu Behar, A., Albaz, S., Shai, I., Maeir, A. M. and Greenfield, H. J. 2016. Faience Beads from Early Bronze Age contexts at Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 7: 609-13.

Eliyahu-Behar, A., Shai, I., Gur-Arieh, S., Frumin, S., Albaz, S., Weiss, E., Manclossi, F., Rosen, S., Greenfield, T. L., Greenfield, H. J. and Maeir, A. M. 2017. Bronze Age Pebble Installations from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Israel: Evidence for their Function and Utilization, Levant 49/1: 46-63.

Eliyahu-Behar, A., Shai, I., Regev, L., Ben-Shlomo, D., Albaz, S., Maeir, A. M. and Greenfield, H. J. 2016. Early Bronze Age Pottery Covered with Lime-Plaster: Technological Observations, Tel Aviv 43/1: 27-42.

Greenfield, H. J., Greenfield, T. L., Shai, I., Albaz, S. and Maeir, A. M. 2018. Household Rituals and Sacrificial Donkeys: Why Are There So Many Domestic Donkeys Buried in an Early Bronze Age Neighborhood at Tell es-Safi/Gath?, Near Eastern Archaeology 83/3: 202-211.

Shai, I., Greenfield, H. J., Brown, A., Albaz, S. and Maeir, A. M. 2016. The Importance of the Donkey as a Pack Animal in the Early Bronze Age Southern Levant: A View from Tell es-Safi/Gath, Zeitschrift des deutschen Palästina-Vereins 132:1-25.

Shai, I., Greenfield, H. J., Greenfield, T. L., Elizabeth R. Arnold, Albaz, S. and Maeir, A. M. 2017. The Importance of the Donkey in the Early Bronze Age in Light of the Archaeological Remains from Tell es-Safi/Gath,Qadmoniot 154: 88-91 (in Hebrew).

Articles in Collections:

Albaz. S. 2018. Simple Choices or Hidden Meaning: Understanding Patterns in the Raw Materials of Bead Production Throughout the Bronze Age. Pp. 901-910, in Tell it in Gath, Studies in the History and Archaeology of Israel in honor of Aren M. Maeir, eds. Shai, I., et al., Zaphon: Münster.

Albaz, S. 2020. Jewelry from Stratum 4. Pp. 403-14 in Tell es-Safi/Gath II: Excavations and Studies, eds. Maeir, A.M. and Uziel, J. Ägypten und Altes Testament. Münster: Zaphon.