Jeff Blakely, adjunct professor

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Phone: 608-238-2227


Ph.D., Department of Oriental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1990
M.A., Department of Oriental Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1985
M.A., Department of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1981
M.B.A., Accounting Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977
B.A., Department of Economics, Oberlin College, 1974

Areas of Research

Middle Eastern Archaeology

Courses Taught

Hebrew/Jewish Studies 241, Introduction to Biblical Archaeology
Hebrew/Jewish Studies 451, Biblical Archaeology

Selected Publications

“The Location of Medieval/Pre-Modern and Biblical Ziklag”, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 139 (2007): 21-26.
(with F. L. Horton, Jr., and Ralph W. Doermann), “Judäischer Regierungsvorposten und Festung: Der Tell el-Hesi während der 10.–8. Jahrhunderte v. Chr.”, Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palästina-Vereins 123 (2007): 133-64.
“A Note on Henry Timberlake’s Route from Gaza to Beersheba to Hebron in 1601”, Palestine Exploration Quarterly 142 (2010): 64-68.
“Ajlan: Locating the Estate of Amr B. al-As”, Near Eastern Archaeology 73 (2010): 210-22.
“ASOR’s Vacant Lot”, Newsletter of the American Schools of Oriental Research 60 (2010): 16.
(With Daniel Master and James W. Hardin), “Expenditure of Human Capital on the Southern/Western Borders of Judah in the 9th Century as Evidence of Judahite Statehood”, for The Sy Gitin Festschrift, vol. 2, ed. John Spencer, in press.
(With Katia Cytryn-Silverman), “The Khan at Sukkariyeh”, to be submitted to BASOR
(With Yaakov Huster), “The Geography of Jean d’Ibelin’s Deed of 1256”, to be submitted to Crusades.
“The Beersheba Branch of the Ottoman Railroad: 1915-1918” to be submitted to Palestine Exploration Quarterly.

Research Statement / Bio

Jeff Blakely began his career in archaeology at the end of his freshman year at Oberlin College in 1971 when joined that summer’s excavation at Tell el-Hesi. A summer experience in archaeology became a career which has now included extensive work at Hesi, Caesarea Maritima, Wadi al-Jubah in Yemen, North America, and a season at Aqaba, Jordan. Once deciding to follow archaeology as a career he studied with Lawrence E. Toombs at Wilfrid Laurier University before seeking his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of interest include the history of the discipline, stratigraphy, and ceramics, but in the end his true specialty is probably best described as the Hesi region through time. Currently he is working to complete articles relating to the World War One Turkish Railroad to Beersheba, the Aftermath of the Third Battle of Gaza in the Hesi Region, the Khan at Sukkariyeh (with Katia Cytryn Silverman), The Hesi Region in 1256 (with Yaakov Huster), and the Southwestern Border Region of Judah during the Iron Age (with Jimmy Hardin and Daniel Master). He is also working with Jimmy Hardin and Bill Isenberger to complete the final report on the Hesi Regional Survey. A longer term analytical project, which is nearing completion, is the preparation of the final report on the excavations in Fields I and III at Tell el-Hesi. He teaches archaeology in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently he also serves as Vice-President for Publications of the American Schools of Oriental Research and the Chair of its Committee on Publications.


Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies