Adi Keinan

PhD in Archaeology
UCL, 2009 to 2012

Adi is a digital curator (Polonsky Fellow) working for the Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project (HMDP) at the British Library, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL). In 2014-2015 she took part in MicroPasts, a joint UCL – British Museum crowdsourcing initiative.

Her PhD dissertation focused on Israeli and Palestinian archaeological inventories in the occupied West Bank in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She has a BA and MA (both with distinction) in Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and had been working as a field archaeologist in excavations mainly in Israel between 2000 and 2009.

She participated in the Israeli-Palestinian Archaeology Working Group (2005-2009), a joint bilateral group dealing with different aspects of archaeology in the occupied Palestinian territories. Her contribution was the creation of a database of all Israeli archaeological activity in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967.

This work was the impetus for her PhD research, realising how culture, history and archaeology can promote understanding and mutual respect between Israelis and Palestinians, and not just the other way around. Cooperating with Palestinian archaeologists, she hopes to promote the idea of shared heritage, help reducing prejudice and bridge gaps between Israelis and Palestinians.