Conference: Olive Trees, Olive Oil, and Their Products

A conference will be held at Ben-Gurion University in the Negev (Beersheba) on January 19th, 2012. Entitled “‘In the Shadow of the Olive Trees’ – Olive Trees, Olive Oil and Their Products,” the conference is being organized by the Southern District of the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Department of Bible, Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies of the Ben-Gurion University in the Negev.

This announcement was circulated on the Agade list. Presumably all lectures are in Hebrew. For more information, contact the sponsors.

9.30-11.00 First session.
The olive and the production of olive oil. 
Chairman: Dr. Gideon Avni.

Prof. Nili Liphschitz. The domestication of the olive in the land of Israel

Dr. Ianir Milevski. The barter of olives during the Early Bronze Age

Prof. Avigdor Horowitz. “I have been anointed with fresh oil” – The oil in the Bible and the Ancient Near East

Prof. Avi Faust. The Assyrians and the introduction of the olive industry from the north

Second session. 
The olive press and the products of the olive oil. 
Chairman: Prof. Steve Rosen.

Mr. Yeoshua Drei. The evolution of the oil presses

Dr. Eitan Ayalon. The two screw oil presses in the land of Israel

Dr. Akiva London. Did olive tree nurseries exist during the Roman and Byzantine periods in the land of Israel?

Mr. Tawfiq Da`adli. Soap and soap factories during the Ottoman period

Third session.
 Panel and general discussion. 
Prof. Nili Liphschitz, Dr. Eitan Ayalon, Dr. Yigal Israel.

Archaeological news in the southern district. 
Chairman: Dr. Peter Fabian.

Dr. Hayim Goldfus. The excavations at Horbat Zalit.

Dr. Daniel Varga and Mr. Vladic Lipshitz. Underground houses in Beersheva during the 
Byzantine period

Mr. Gregory Seri and Prof. Yulia Ustinova. The excavations of Ashkelon, Neve Yam D neighborhood, and the Greek inscriptions

Dr. Gunnar Lehmann. News from the excavations at Qubur el Walaydah

Mr. Oren Shmueli. An arched building and an underground oil press at Horbat Anim

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Olives in the Shephelah (late November)

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