February 20, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.-- Jodi Magness, professor of classical and Near Eastern archaeology at Tufts University, will speak on “Jerusalem in the Time of Jesus” on Thursday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall at Amherst College. Magness’s talk, the second in series called Rethinking Jesus: His Intellectual, Spiritual and Material World, is sponsored by the Willis D. Wood Fund and the Religion Department at Amherst College. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Magness has been a professor in the departments of art history and classics at Tufts since September 1992. She received a B.A. in archaeology and history from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1977 and a Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. From 1990 to 1992 she was Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Syro-Palestine Archaeology at the Center for Old World Art and Archaeology at Brown University. Magness has participated on many excavations in Israel and Greece. In the summer of 1995 she co-directed excavations in the Roman siege camps at Masada and Israel, and in the summer of 1997 she directed excavations in the ancient village of Yattir in Israel.

Professor Magness’s primary fields of research interest include the Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic pottery of Palestine; Roman military equipment; the archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls; and ancient synagogues. Her publications include Jerusalem Ceramic Chronology circa 200-800 C.E. (1993), and many journal and encyclopedia articles.