Dr. Uzi Avner served as the District Archaeologist of the Southern Negev for the Israel Antiquities Authority from 1977 to 1999. Since then he has been teaching desert archaeology at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and at Ben-Gurion University, Eilat. His research, under the Dead Sea-Arava Research Centre, focuses on the archaeology of the southern Negev and the Sinai deserts, a field in which he has published and lectured on extensively both in Israel and abroad. He has devoted the last 35 years to the study of ancient desert societies, and to the protection, preservation and conservation of desert archaeology and environment. In 2003, his dissertation "Studies in the Material and Spiritual Culture of the Negev and Sinai Populations" was awarded Summa Cum Laude by the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Currently, he is engaged in fieldwork, teaching, publishing and lecturing in Israel and abroad. His research areas include: ancient desert agriculture (6000 BCE to 1100 CE), ancient copper mining and production in the Araba (4500 BCE to 1100 CE), desert hunting societies (ca. 4000 BCE), ancient desert road systems (ca. 7000 BC), the Nabataeans in the Negev and Sinai, desert cult sites and desert rock art.
Selected Books by Uzi Avner
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