Ronny Reich

Ronny Reich

Archaeologist and epigrapher, Professor Ronny Reich is head of the Department of Archaeology of Haifa University in Israel. Reich received his Ph.D. in Archaeology in 1990 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for a dissertation, " Miqwa'ot [Jewish ritual immersion baths] in the Land of Israel in the Second Temple and the Mishnah and Talmud Periods," the first comprehensive study written on this subject. Reich deciphered the inscriptions on the ossuaries found in the Caiaphas tomb. From 1969 to 1978 he served as a member of Professor Nahman Avigad's expedition that conducted excavations in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. Since 1978 Reich has worked for the Israel Antiquities Authority as researcher, field archaeologist and director of documentation. Beginning in 1989 he directed the excavations in the Mamillah neighborhood, near Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem. From 1994 to 1996 he directed the excavation of the Herodian Street at the southwest corner of the Temple Mount. He now supervises the excavations at the recently discovered Pool of Siloam. Reich is the author of numerous articles and books, including Jerusalem as Jesus Knew It.

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