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Aaron A. Burke is Professor of the Archaeology of Ancient Israel and the Levant, and the Kershaw Chair in the Archaeology of the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, and Editor-in-chief of its press. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology from The Oriental Institute at The University of Chicago in 2004. He has written extensively on warfare and society in the Bronze and Iron ages, and has co-edited three volumes resulting from directing archaeological work in Jaffa, Israel. His interests include the archaeology of Ancient Israel, warfare, and identity negotiations and cultural transformations in the Bronze and Iron Ages in the ancient Eastern Mediterranean with particular attention to the archaeology of forced migration and the identification of ensuing cultural changes. His first monograph, “Walled Up to Heaven”: The Evolution of Middle Bronze Age Fortification Strategies in the Levant, addressed warfare during the age of Amorite dynasties. His most recent book The Amorites and the Bronze Age Near East (CUP 2021) combines archaeological, textual and iconographic evidence to reconstruct a social history of Amorites from 2500 to 1500 BC. He has excavated in Israel, Turkey, and Egypt, and travelled as well throughout Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece. From 2011 to 2014, he directed excavations by the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project of a New Kingdom Egyptian fortress in Jaffa, Israel, which were supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2017, expanding upon his research in Jaffa, he inaugurated, Turning Points, an initiative aimed at exploring the broad context of the transition between the Late Bronze Age and early Iron Age, ca. 1200–1000 B.C. out of which ancient Israel emerged.
He is President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America.