Trude Dothan
Professor Trude Dothan (Hebrew: טרודה דותן, born 1923) is one of Israel
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's leading archaeologists, specializing in the Late Bronze and
Bronze Age
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 Iron Age
Iron Age
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s in the region, in particular in Philistine culture.

Early life

Born Trude Krakauer in Vienna
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, Austria
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, in 1923. In 1924, her family emigrated to Mandate Palestine. Her father was an artist and architect, responsible for many Bauhaus
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-style buildings in Jerusalem’s Rehavia
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 neighborhood and elsewhere. Her mother was an abstract painter.
Dothan graduated from the Gymnasia Rehavia
Gymnasia Rehavia
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 high school, and in the mid–1940s began her studies in archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Between 1948 and 1950, Dothan served in the mapping and photography division of the newly formed Israel Defense Forces
Israel Defense Forces
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 (IDF). In 1950, she returned to her studies and earned her M.A.


Dothan participated in many excavations including:
  • Bet Yerah (1945–1946), a Canaanite city of the third millennium BCE.
  • Tel Qasila
    Tell Qasile
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     (1949–1950), where she first became acquainted with Philistine culture.
  • Tel Hazor (1955–1958).
  • Ein Gedi
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     (1961–1962), where she was co-director of the excavation.
  • Deir el-Balah
    Deir el-Balah
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     (1972–1982) in the Gaza Strip
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In 1950–1951, she went on to post-graduate studies at the University of Chicago Oriental Institute as a Beyrson fellow, and at the Institute of Archaeology
Institute of Archaeology
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 at the University of London
University of London
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. In 1961, she earned her Ph.D. from the Hebrew University, writing her thesis on the Philistine and Egyptian pottery in the region during the Early Bronze period, and she began teaching at the Institute of Archaeology. In 1977, she was promoted to full professor. In 1985, she was appointed to the Eliezer Sukenik Chair of Archaeology at the Hebrew University and served for many years as head of the Berman Center of Biblical Archaeology.

Awards and honors

  • 1991 – the Percia Schimmel Award in archaeology, awarded by the Israel Museum
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  • 1998 – the Israel Prize
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    , for archaeology.
  • 2003 – an honorary PhD from the Hebrew Union College
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    , Jerusalem.


  • The Philistines and Their Material Culture, 1982
  • People of the Sea: Search for the Philistines (with Moshe Dothan), 1992
  • Deir el-Balah: Uncovering an Egyptian Outpost in Canaan from the Time of the Exodus
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