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Amit Dagan, Dr.

Academic Positions

​Lecturer at the Department of Israel Studies and Geography

Teaching and Research Fields

​Dr. Amit Dagan is an archeologist who specializes in the Bronze Age and the First and Second Temple periods. He completed his PhD at Bar-Ilan University, and his thesis examined everyday life in Judea in the eighth century BCE, the relations between Judah and Philistia, and the regional and ethnic changes that occurred in the population along the border between the two areas. His MA dissertation examined the rural domain in Philistia, including the first publication of the findings of the excavation at the Hurvat Shimon site, which will be published by Harrassowitz Verlag. In 2010-2011 he was a research fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. Over the past decade he has excavated the underground city of the biblical Gath / Tel Tzafit on behalf of the Archeological Institute at Bar-Ilan University and has directed the archeological laboratory of the Tel Tzafit excavations, which is headed by Prof. Aharon Meir. He also served as a researcher and excavator at the Tel Burna excavations for the Archeological Institute of Ariel University, directed by Dr. Itzik Shai, and the Tel Rosh excavations for Kinneret College and the Open University, directed by Dr. Chaya Katz. He is active in education, teaching, and archeological research and served as a researcher and as administrative director of the Minerva Institute for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times, directed by Prof. Aharon Meir (Bar-Ilan) and Angelika Berlin (Leipzig, Germany). Dr. Dagan is currently a researcher in a project to explore early writing in the first millennium, directed by Prof. Esther Eshel of Bar-Ilan University and Prof. Michael Langolis of Strasbourg University, France. Dr. Dagan teachers at additional academic institutions, including Bar-Ilan University, Ariel University, and the Open University. 


  • Dagan, A. (2011) - "Negebite Pottery beyond the Negev".  Tel Aviv 38: 208-219 
  • Itzhaq. S, Deborah. C, Amit. D and Joe. U. (2012). "The Fortifications at Tel Burna: Date, Function and Meaning".  IEJ 62/2: 1-157.
  • Shai, I. Dagan, A. Cassuto, D. Uziel, J.(2012). "Community-Based Archaeology: A View from Tel Burna.". The Ethos of Academia: Standing the Test of Time. Ariel University. Pp 205-215.
  • McKinny, C. and Dagan, A. (2013).  "Explorations of Tel Burna".  PEQ 145:4: 294-305 
  • Shai, I., Dagan, A., Riehl, S., Orendi, A., Uziel, J., and Suriano. M. (2014) - “A Private Stamped Seal Handle from Tel Burna, Israel. ZDPV 130: 121-138. 
  •  דגן, ע. ומקיני, כ.  (2015). "ראשית המחקר הארכיאולוגי וההיסטורי של תל בורנה ."  מורשת ישראל 12: 11- 29. 
  • Dagan, A, and Cassuto, D.  (2016). “Ḥorvat Shimon: A Small-Scale Workshop for textile processing in the Central Coastal Plains from the 8th Century B.C.E.”. IEJ 66: 34- 54.
  • Hitchcock, A. L., Maeir, M. A.  and Dagan. A. (2016). "Entangling Aegean Ritual in Philistine Culture." In E. Alram-Stern, F. Blakolmer, S. Deger-Jalkotzy, R. Laffineur and J. Weilhartner. (eds.).  Metaphysis: Ritual, Myth and Symbolism in the Aegean Bronze Age, eds. Aegaeum 39: 519-26. Liège. Universitë de Liège. Pp. 519-26.   
  • Dagan, A., Enukhina, M., and Maeir. M. A. (2018). “Excavations in Area D of the Lower City: Philistine Cultic Remains and Other Finds”. Near Eastern Archaeology 81.1:27- 29.  
  • Kehati, R., Amit Dagan, A., and Kolska H. L. (2018). “Iron Age Animal Husbandry at Tell es- Sâfi/Gath: Notes on the Fauna from Area D”.. Near Eastern Archaeology 81.1: 40- 43. 
  • Marina Faerman, M., Maeir, M. A., Dagan, A., and Smith. P. (2018). “Women in Distress: Victims of the Iron Age Destruction at Tell es- Sâfi/Gath”.  Near Eastern Archaeology 81.1: 36- 39.  
  • Eric Welch, E., Chadwick, R. J.,  Itzhaq Shai,  Jill Citron Katz, Haskel J. Greenfield, Amit Dagam, Aren Maeir. (2018). “The Limits of The Ancient City”: The Fortifications of Tell Es-Safi/Gath 115 Years after Bliss and Macalister.  In. David Gurevich, D. and Kidron, A. (Eds.). Exploring the Holy Land: 150 Years of the Palestine Exploration Fund. Equinox Publishing Ltd.  
  • Dagan, A. and Uziel, J. (2018). "Surveying the Survey: A Contemporary View on Past Results". In Shai, I., Dagan, A., Hitchcock, A., Chadwick, J. R. and Uziel, J.(eds.). “Tell it in Gath: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Israel . Essays in Honor of A. M. Maeir on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday”, Ugarit-verlag in the series Ägypten Und Altes Testament (ÄAT). 
  • Eliyahu Behar, A. Workman, V. and Dagan, A (In press) - "Early Iron Production at Philistine Tell es-Safi/Gath vs. Israelite Megiddo: A Proposed Comparative Study". In Berlejung, A. and Maeir, M. A. (eds.). Research on Israel and Aram in Biblical Times. VOL 1. Oriental Religions in Antiquity. Mohr Siebeck Tübingen.
  • Aren M. Maeir, Jeffrey R. Chadwick, Amit Dagan, Louise A. Hitchcock, Jill Katz, Itzhaq Shai and Joe Uziel. 2019. “The Late Bronze Age at Tell es-Safi/Gath and the site’s role in Southwestern Canaan”. in Maeir, Aren M. Shai, Itzhaq, McKinny, Chris (Eds.) The Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Southern Canaan. Archaeology of the Biblical Worlds 2: 1-18

Edited Books
  • 2012 - מסע בזמן - טיולים אל העבר. כתיבה: יעקב שקולניק   עריכה מדעית: עמית דגן.הוצאת מפה.  
  • Shai, I., Dagan, A., Hitchcock, L., Chadwick, J. R. and Uziel, J. (eds.). (2018).   Tell it in Gath: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Israel. (Essays in Honor of A. M. Maeir on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday”.  Ugarit-verlag , Ägypten Und Altes Testament (ÄAT)
  • Chapters in Peer-Reviewed Books
  • Amit Dagan and Aren Maeir. (2018). "Ḥorvat Shimon: An Eight Century BCE Site in the Periphery of Tell es-Safi/Gath."  In Maeir, A. M. and Uziel, J. (Eds.). Tell es – Safi/Gath II. Ägypten und Altes Testament. Harrassowitz Verlag. Wiesbaden.  
  • Dagan, A. (Submitted).  "Metal Object from Middle Bronze Age tombs."  In Uziel, J. (ed.). Tell Nagila Final Publication. 
  • Dagan, A. (Submitted). "Decorated Bones Object." In Uziel, J. (ed.). Dagan, A. Tell Nagila Final Publication.

Additional Publications
  • שי, א. עוזיאל, ג'. דגן, ע. וקאסוטו, ד -"גילוי לבנה”.  ארץ וטבע. 129: 56- 61. 2011
  • "The Entanglement of Aegean Style Ritual Actions in Philistine Culture". Hitchcock, A. L., Maeir, M. A.  and  Dagan. A. (2014)


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