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Dr Keimer is a Lecturer in the Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel. He received a B.A. in anthropology from the Ohio State University, an M.A. from Wheaton College in Biblical Archaeology, and a Ph.D. from UCLA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, with a specialization in the archaeology of the southern Levant. He was both the George A. Barton Fellow and an E.C.A. Fellow at the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Dr Keimer has excavated remains from the Early Bronze Age to the Ottoman period in Israel and Cyprus, digging at: Hazor, Beersheba, Jaffa, Khirbet Qeiyafa, Caesarea Maritima, Azekah, and Idalion. Currently he is co-director of the excavations at Khirbet Arai (el-Rai), Israel along with Yosef Garfinkel (Hebrew University) and Saar Ganor (Israel Antiquities Authority). In addition to excavating, he has led numerous study tours in Israel with a focus on the historical geography of the land. His research interests include ancient Near Eastern warfare and its relationship to geopolitical and socioeconomic developments, historical geography, state formation in the ancient Near East, the materiality of political structures, and the Hebrew Bible, in particular the Books of Samuel, Kings, and Isaiah.

Research interests

  • Archaeology of Ancient Israel (in particular the Iron Age I and IIA)
  • Ancient Near Eastern Warfare
  • State Formation and the archaeological manifestation of political control
  • The Early Israelite monarchy
  • Historical Geography of Ancient Israel, and
  • The Hebrew Bible


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