Lawrence Stager : biography
Lawrence E. "Larry" Stager (born January 5, 1943) is Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University and is Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum. Since 1985 he has overseen the excavations of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, the great Philistine port city.
Stager's most important archaeological work has been conducted through the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, of which he has been the director since 1985. This expedition is one of the largest and lengthiest projects in Israel. The results of the dig have been published in the Harvard Semitic Museum and Eisenbrauns' Ashkelon, a series of ten volumes, the third of which was published in 2011.
Prior to his monumental undertakings at Ashkelon, Stager had worked on digs at Carthage, Idalion, Gezer, and Tell el-Hesi. Stager has generally adhered to the traditional scholarly dating of the "United Monarchy" of King David and Solomon.
After receiving his PhD, Stager was first employed by the University of Chicago, where he taught and researched for the next fourteen years as a member of the Oriental Institute, first as an instructor (1973-4), then as an assistant (1974-6), associate (1976–1985), and finally full professor (1985-6).
In 1986, Stager returned to Harvard, where he became the inaugural holder of an endowed chair, the Dorot Professorship of the Archaeology of Israel. He has held this position since that time. Professor Stager currently teaches courses in Syro-Palestinian archaeology and Hebrew Bible and is an active professional member of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR).
In 2009, a Festschrift for Professor Stager was published under the title Exploring the Longue Durée: Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager (Ed. J. David Schloen; Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns).
Stager was a first-generation college student from Kenton, Ohio, about fifty miles northwest of Columbus, Ohio.J. D. Schloen, ed. Exploring the Longue Durée: Essays in Honor of Lawrence E. Stager (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2009). He was recruited by the Harvard Club of Dayton, Ohio to attend Harvard University, where he graduated a BA magna cum laude in 1965. Stager would go on to receive both his MA and PhD from Harvard, where he worked largely under the supervision of Frank Moore Cross and G. Ernest Wright, both students of William F. Albright. The title of his thesis was "Ancient Agriculture in the Judaean Desert: A Case Study of the Buqê'ah Valley in the Iron Age."
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