The International Network Team

jtJoan E. Taylor, Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins at King’s College London, is Principal Investigator in the Network. She is a leading scholar of the archaeology and history of Qumran, the Dead Sea and Second Temple Judaism as a whole, and has published widely. Winner of an Irene Levi-Sala Prize in archaeology for her first book, Christians and the Holy Places (Clarendon, 1993), her recent book, The Essenes, the Scrolls and the Dead Sea (Oxford University Press, 2012), explored the classical sources on the Essenes and the Dead Sea, as well as the material culture of the region, and sought to understand why the scrolls were deposited in caves close to the site of Qumran. She has long been interested in the rich resources of archives and museum holdings, having previously served as honorary keeper of the documentary archives of the Palestine Exploration Fund. She has worked with original textual and pictorial material ancient and modern. She is also particularly interested in photographic and film archives, stemming from her early work at the New Zealand National Film Unit.



Marcello Fidanzio is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Theology at Lugano, director of the department “Ambiente biblico” of the Istituto di Cultura e Archeologia delle terre Bibliche (ISCAB). As Chercheur associé at the École Biblique et Archeologique Française de Jérusalem, he is the director of the Qumran Caves Publication Project, which is under the scientific supervision of Jean-Baptiste Humbert (ÉBAF).  lugano-logo


Dennis Mizzi is a senior lecturer in Hebrew and Ancient Judaism at the University of Malta. He teaches biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Judaism in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods, with a focus on both texts and archaeology. He is a senior staff member in the Huqoq Excavation Project and assistant director of the ‘Einot Amitai Excavation Project. Currently he is completing a comprehensive, two-volume monograph on the archaeology of Qumran in which he analyses in detail all aspects of the site, including its chronology, architecture, and material assemblages (i.e., pottery, glass and chalkstone vessels, metal artefacts, small finds, coins, animal bones), the surrounding caves and adjacent cemeteries, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls as archaeological artefacts, and is responsible for the final publication of the chalkstone vessels from Qumran and ‘Ein Feshkha.


Sandra Jacobs is the Network Facilitator and Researcher, who is also responsible for the construction and development of this site.