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Judith McKenzie Student Essay Prizes

Manar al-Athar is pleased to announce the launch of the Judith McKenzie Student Essay Prizes, named after its founder and first Director.
The facade of Deir, carved our of the rock

Petra – Deir (No. 462) البتراء – الدير Photo Credit: Otto Nieminen / Manar al-Athar (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


The Essay Prizes will be awarded yearly to outstanding essays on a site, building, inscription, mosaic, wider theme, and so on, featured on the Manar al-Athar website. They will consist of £200 for the winner and £100 for the second best. The winning essays will be published on the Manar al-Athar website.

Essay instructions

  • Essays should be built around 7 to 10 images from the Manar website.
  • Essay length should be between 750 and 1,000 words.
  • Essays should be submitted in English.
  • You should write for a general audience. This means that you should avoid things like technical terminology or detailed discussion of what scholars have said about a particular point.
  • Deadline: 23.59 on 11 January 2021.
  • Winners will be announced at the end of January 2021.


The competition is open to anybody who is studying for a degree in the academic year 2020-2021, to students at any institution, in any country, and in any discipline.

Submission of essays

  • Essays should be sent to
  • Entries should be submitted as either a Word document or a PDF.
  • You should include the name of an academic at your institution who will be able to confirm that you are a student in 2020-2021.

Please note that the Prize Committee will not be able to provide feedback on submissions.


Please send any enquiries to Please allow five working days for a response.

About Manar al-Athar

The Manar al-Athar photo-archive (, based in the Faculty of Classics at the University of Oxford, provides high-resolution, searchable images for teaching, research, publication, and heritage work. These images of archaeological sites, buildings and artworks, cover the areas of the former Roman Empire which later came under Islamic rule (such as Syro-Palestine/the Levant, Egypt and North Africa), and adjoining regions (such as Armenia and Georgia). The chronological range is from Alexander the Great (i.e. from about 300 BC) through the Islamic period.

The photo-archive is open-access so that it can be freely used by anyone anywhere in the world. Photographs can be freely downloaded as original high-resolution images (tif images) without water marks, making them immediately available in a format suitable for publication or research, simply by acknowledging the source. Material is labelled in both English and Arabic to facilitate regional use, with the main instructions also available in other languages. Manar al-Athar means ‘Guide to Archaeology’ in Arabic.

Manar al-Athar currently has c. 80 000 photographs online.  Strengths include Late Antiquity (AD 250–750), the period of transition from paganism to Christianity and, in turn, to Islam, especially religious buildings (temples, churches, synagogues, mosques) and monumental art (including floor mosaics); early Islamic art (paintings, mosaics, relief sculpture); Roman and early Islamic (Umayyad) architecture; Petra and Nabataean sites; and iconoclasm.

Manar al-Athar Photo Archive

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Universität Innsbruck – Invitation 5th Aguntum Workshop (PRESS)

Call for Papers
Frühes Christentum im archäologischen Kontext
Early Christianity in the Archaeological Context
12./13. November 2020, Aguntum (Dölsach), Austria

Zum Thema:

Der 5. Aguntum-Workshop mit dem bewusst offen gehaltenen Titel „Frühes Christentum im archäologischen Kontext“ widmet sich der Spätantike, wobei das Frühe Christentum besonders im Fokus steht. Dieses soll in unterschiedlichen Kontexten beleuchtet werden:

– Öffentliche Architektur: Kirchen, Baptisterien, Bischofssitze
– Private Architektur: Anzeichen für frühchristlichen Kult im privaten Wohnbau
– Kult: Reliquien, Stiftergräber und andere Bestattungen, frühchristlicher Ritus
– Mensch: Naturwissenschaftliche / Anthropologische Daten
– Materielle Kultur: mit dem frühen Christentum in Verbindung stehende Kleinfunde
– Siedlungsentwicklung: Topographie, Anzahl/Lage christlicher Kultbauten, Einbindung in den jeweiligen Siedlungsraum
– Konservierung und Restaurierung: Konzepte zur Erhaltung und musealen Präsentation
frühchristlicher Befunde

Die Idee zu diesem Workshop entstand durch die laufende Neubewertung der sogenannten „Bischofskirche“ von Lavant (Osttirol) und die Neuentdeckung der Kirche und der spätantiken Höhensiedlung von Irschen (Kärnten). Trotzdem wollen wir uns nicht ausschließlich auf den Ostalpenraum fokussieren, sondern freuen uns vor dem Hintergrund genannten Themenfelder über Beiträge aus unterschiedlichen Bereichen der römisch-spätantiken Welt.

Mit der multiplen Kontextualisierung des Frühen Christentums hoffen wir, im Rahmen des 5. Aguntum Workshops neue Zusammenhänge erkennen und diskutieren zu können. Dabei ist ein ausdrückliches Ziel der Veranstaltung, die Diskussion über die Archäologie hinaus auf althistorische, naturwissenschaftlich-anthropologische, bauforscherische und restauratorische Forschungsgebiete auszudehnen. Vor diesem interdisziplinären Hintergrund freuen wir uns auf Ihre Teilnahme am 5. Aguntum-Workshop.

Conference theme:

The 5th Aguntum-workshop carries the consciously open title “Early Christianity in the Archaeological Context” and is going to focus on the Late Antique – Early Christian period, in which a special focus is
given to Early Christianity. The latter shall be discussed in varying contexts:

– Public Architecture: churches, baptisteries, bishop ́s sees
– Private Architecture: evidence of early Christian cult in private houses
– Cult: relics, donor ́s graves and other burials, early Christian rites
– People: Science, Anthropology
– Material Culture: findings associated with Early Christianity
– Settlement development: topography, Number/Position of ceremonial buildings, involvement in the settlement area
– Conservation and Restauration: maintenance concepts and public presentation of early

Christian features

The idea to organize this workshop emerged from actual research as the reevaluation of the so-called “Bishop ́s church” in Lavant (Eastern Tyrol) and the discovery of a former unknown hilltop settlement
with an Early Christian Church in Irschen (Carinthia). Nonetheless, we do not intend to lay our focus exclusively on the Eastern Alpine Region, but welcome contributions from other regions of the Late Antique world, which will give the possibility to interconnect the suggested topics.

By presenting and discussing Early Christianity in these multiple contexts, we hope to reveal new connections during the 5th Aguntum Workshop. It is an explicit aim of this workshop to stimulate a discussion that is not limited to archaeology but opens to other fields of research like Ancient History, Anthropological Science, Architectural Survey and Restauration. Against this interdisciplinary background, we are looking forward to your participation in the 5th Aguntum-Workshop.

Veranstalter / Organizer
Institut für Archäologien, Universität Innsbruck, Curatorium Pro Agunto

Konferenzsprache / Conference language
English (preferred) / Deutsch

Vorträge / Papers
20 Minuten / 20 minutes (Powerpoint, PDF)

Posterdruck kann von den Organisatoren übernommen werden (Kosten: 10 Euro [DIN A1]).
Print can be arranged by the organizers (Costs: 10 Euro [DIN A1]).

Veranstaltungsort / Venue
Archäologischer Park Aguntum, Stribach 97, A-9991 Dölsach (

Unterkunft / Accomodation
Allgemeine Informationen unter:
For general Information see:

Anreise / Travel
Es wird empfohlen mit eigenem PKW anzureisen. Je nach Bedarf wird ein Shuttle zum Tagungsort organisiert.
It is recommended to travel by private car. A shuttle to the venue can be organized if necessary.

Anmeldung / Application
Abstract des Vortrages / Posters (max. 500 Wörter) bis 31.08.2020.
Abstract of paper / poster (max. 500 words) until 31.08.2020.

Kontakt / Contact

Willkommen auf der Homepage des FB Aguntum, Institut für Archäologien

Universität Innsbruck PRESS

[IL] IAA – U Davidovom gradu pronađen natpis star 2700 godina

Prenosimo službeno priopćenje.

Archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the area of the Gihon Spring in the City of David, in the Walls around Jerusalem National Park, have unearthed a layer of rich finds including thousands of broken pottery shards, clay lamps and figurines. Most intriguing is the recent discovery of a ceramic bowl with a partially preserved inscription in ancient Hebrew. While not complete, the inscription presents us with the name of a seventh century BCE figure, which resembles other names known to us from both the Biblical and archaeological record (see examples below) and providing us with a connection to the people living in Jerusalem at the end of the First Temple period.  This fascinating find will be presented at Megalim’s Annual Archaeological Conference which will take place on Thursday, August 29th  in the City of David.

The most similar name to our inscription is Zechariah the son of Benaiah, the father of the Prophet Jahaziel.  The name Zechariah the son of Benaiah appears in 2 Chronicles 20:14 where it states that Jahaziel, son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, prophesized before the Biblical King Jehoshaphat before the nation went off to war against the ancient kingdoms of Ammon and Moab.

Israel Antiquity Authority archaeologists Dr. Joe Uziel and Nahshon Zanton, who discovered the bowl while excavating remains associated with the First Temple period destruction, explained that the letters inscribed on the shard likely date to the 8-7th centuries BCE, placing the production of the bowl sometime between the reign of Hezekiah and the destruction of Jerusalem under King Zedekiah. The archaeologists also explained that the inscription was engraved on the bowl prior to firing, indicating that the inscription originally adorned the rim of the bowl in its entirety, and was not written on a shard after the vessel was broken.

While the purpose of the inscription on the bowl is unclear, archaeologists have posited that the bowl may have contained an offering, likely given by the individual whose name was inscribed on the bowl, or alternatively given to him.

Inscription Analysis

The first letter of the ceramic bowl’s partially preserved inscription in ancient Hebrew script is broken and is therefore difficult to read, but appears to be the letter ר. The next three letters יהו constitute the theophoric suffix (the component in which the name of the deity appears as part of the first name, such as Yirme-yahu and Eli-yahu, etc). These letters are followed by בנ (the son of) after which appears the patronymic name composed of the three letters בנה. According to archaeologists Uziel and Zanton, “If we consider the possibility that we are dealing with an unvowelized or ‘defective’ spelling of the name בניה (Benaiah), then what we have before us is the name “…ריהו בן בניה

Many of the first names mentioned in the Bible contained the theophoric component יהו, as is the case of this inscription from the City of David. Besides the biblical references, other examples of this have also been found in archaeological excavations, written on a variety of objects such as seals, bullae, pottery vessels or even carved on rock. Noteworthy among the many names that end with the theophoric suffix יהו are several prominent examples that were previously discovered in City of David by Professor Yigal Shiloh, such as Gemar-yahu the son of Shaphan, Bena-yahu theson of Hoshayahu, etc. which were also found in the destruction layer and the ruins of the Babylonian conquest.

>Galerija fotografija. Ustupio: IAA PRESS



Fragment keramičke posude iz kraja perioda Prvog hrama s natpisom "ryhu bn bnh". Foto: Clara Amit. Ustupio: Israel Antiquities Authority.

Fragment keramičke posude iz kraja perioda Prvog hrama s natpisom “ryhu bn bnh”. Foto: Clara Amit. Ustupio: Israel Antiquities Authority.