Yizhar Hirschfeld
Yizhar Hirschfeld (1950–2006). We have lost our beloved friend Yizhar Hirschfeld in 2006, one year before the public inauguration of the original website in 2007. Yizhar Hirschfeld received his PhD in 1987 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After his postdoctoral studies at Yale University in 1988–1989, he spent two additional years in the United States (1996–1997 and 2003–2004), both at Dumbarton Oaks. He was an associate professor at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 1998, and was previously a senior archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority. He directed excavations at numerous archaeological sites, including Hammat Gader, Ramat Hanadiv, En-Gedi, and Tiberias. His other research interests included the monasteries and churches of the Holy Land and the archaeology of the Dead Sea region. In addition to final reports on his excavation projects, he published five monographs and more than 100 articles. He was engaged in a very innovative line of archaeological research on the role of balsam in ancient Judea. His books include The Judean Desert Monasteries in the Byzantine Period (1992), The Palestinian Dwelling in the Roman-Byzantine Period (1995), The Roman Baths of Hammat Gader (1997), The Early Byzantine Monastery at Khirbet ed-Deir (1999), Ramat Hanadiv Excavations (2000), Qumran in Context: Reassessing the Archaeological Evidence (2004), and Excavations at Tiberias (1989–1994) (2004).

Source: “Contributors.” 2014. Dumbarton Oaks. 2014. https://www.doaks.org/resources/middle-east-garden-traditions/contributor-biographies. Archived at: https://perma.cc/WF3E-ZNRM