Dr Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert
UCL Institute of Archaeology
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I'm a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, currently working on a project called MicroPasts (Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeological Research). This project uses web-based, crowd-sourcing methods to allow traditional academics and other communities in archaeology to co-produce innovative open datasets, and thereafter pioneer a novel participatory model in which these same groups co-design and micro-fund follow-up research.


2009 - 2013 PhD - University College London, Heritage Studies.
Dissertation Title: Israeli and Palestinian Archaeological Inventories, GIS and Conflicting Cultures in the Occupied West Bank.

2003 - 2007 MA – Tel Aviv University (summa cum laude), Archaeology.
Dissertation Title: The Megiddo Picture Pavement: Evidence for Egyptian Presence in Northern Canaan during Early Bronze Age I.

1999 - 2002 BA – Tel Aviv University (summa cum laude), Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures (majoring in Egyptology and Classical Archaeology).

Dissertation Abstract

Effective protection and management of cultural heritage resources in a specific region requires planning strategies and policies, which rely on the sum of existing information about archaeology and cultural heritage. The role of archaeological inventories in the process of heritage management is, therefore, central and critical, as they are supposed to convey our present state of knowledge and be the basis on which management priorities are decided. This dissertation examines existing Israeli and Palestinian archaeological and architectural inventories covering the occupied West Bank, as well as assessing the role of Geographic Information Systems for heritage management in this region. Its main objectives are twofold: first, it explores the nature of archaeological records and the way they reflect particular research interests and heritage management priorities; and second, it examines variability in data quality, coverage, accuracy and reliability. By examining recording emphasis in West Bank inventories, this research interrogates the ways in which social, political, ideological or cultural values may affect different aspects of data collection and management. The assessment of different inventories through comparison, analysis and fieldwork, sheds light on current Israeli and Palestinian approaches to documentation and data management, as well as broader issues associated with the collection and use of information about the past in contexts of cultural conflict. Framed within the political context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this research has theoretical considerations and practical implications. On the theoretical side, it raises awareness of personal, academic and national interests, the ways they are manifested in archaeological inventories, and the means by which they dictate the process of cultural knowledge production. On the practical side, it provides a set of recommendations for ways to improve current data management and dissemination strategies, and thereby encourage more efficient decision-making processes and better protection and preservation of heritage sites in the West Bank.


Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. forthcoming. Editorial: Documenting Archaeology in the Southern Levant.Palestine Exploration Quarterly 147.3. [Accepted]

Wilkin, N., Bevan, A., Bonacchi, C., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Pett, D. and J. Wexler forthcoming. Crowd-sourcing the British Bronze Age: Initial Experiences and Results from the MicroPasts Project. Society of Museum Archaeologists. [Accepted]

Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. forthcoming. The West Bank and East Jerusalem Archaeological Database: Narratives of Archaeology and Archaeological Practice, in: T.E. Levy and I. Jones (eds.), Cyber-Archaeology and Grand Narratives: Digital Technology and Deep-Time Perspectives on Culture Change in the Middle East. Springer. [Submitted]

Bonacchi, C., Bevan, A., Pett, D., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. forthcoming. Crowd- and Community-fuelled Archaeological Research. Early Results from the MicroPasts Project. In Proceedings of the Conference Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Paris, 22-25 April 2014. [Accepted]

Bonacchi, C., Bevan, A., Pett, D., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Sparks, R., Wexler, J., Wilkin N. 2014. Crowd-sourced Archaeological Research. The MicroPasts Project. Archaeology International 17: 61-68.

Bevan, A., Pett, D., Bonacchi, C., Keinan-Schoonbaert, A., Lombraña González, D., Sparks, R., Wexler, J., Wilkin, N. 2014. Citizen Archaeologists. Online Collaborative Research about the Human Past. Human Computation 1(2): 183-197.

Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. 2014. Using Archaeological Information to Promote Peaceful Co-existence in Israel/Palestine. JAS Arqueologia 4: 33-36.

Keinan-Schoonbaert, A. 2014. MicroPasts - An Innovative Place for Progressing Research. British Archaeology 139: 50-55.

Keinan, A. 2013. Israeli and Palestinian Archaeological Inventories, GIS and Conflicting Cultures in the Occupied West Bank. PhD dissertation, London: University College London.

Keinan, A. 2013. Part II: Sub-Area Lower J, in: I. Finkelstein, D. Ussishkin and E. Cline (eds.), Megiddo V: The 2004-2008 Seasons. Monograph Series of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology no. 31. Tel Aviv; Winona Lake, IN: Emery and Claire Yass Publications in Archaeology; Eisenbrauns, 28-46.

Keinan, A. 2010. Archaeological Inventories and Cultural Heritage Management in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Forum Archaeologiae 55/VI/2010 (http://farch.net).

Keinan, A. 2009. Conference Review: WAC Inter-Congress Archaeology in Conflict, Vienna, Austria, 6-10 April 2010. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites Vol. 11 Nos 3-4: 354-355.

Greenberg, R. and Keinan, A. 2009. Israeli Archaeological Activity in the West Bank 1967-2007: A Sourcebook: The West Bank and East Jerusalem Archaeological Database Project. Jerusalem: Ostracon.

Keinan, A. 2007. The Megiddo Picture Pavement: Evidence for Egyptian Presence in Northern Israel during Early Bronze Age I. MA dissertation, Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University. (Hebrew, with English abstract)

Keinan, A. 2007. Pavement Stone Depicting a Figure with a Harp, in: J. Goodnick-Westenholz (ed.), Sounds of Ancient Music. Jerusalem: Keter Press: 152.

Greenberg, R. and Keinan, A. 2007. The Present Past of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Archaeology in the West Bank and East Jerusalem since 1967. The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, Research Papers: No. 1. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University.

Conference Presentations, Lectures and Workshops

November 2006. American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) Conference, Washington DC: The Picture Pavement and Egyptian Presence in Megiddo in the Early Bronze Age I.

April 2008. The Archaeological Heritage: Towards Negotiations with the Palestinians, Jerusalem: Israeli Archaeological Activity in Judea and Samaria since 1967.

November 2008. Cyberinfrastructure for the MedArchNet (Mediterranean Archaeology Network) Workshop: CISA3-Calit2, University of California San Diego (UCSD): The Archaeological Site Database for the West Bank.

November 2009. UCL Institute of Archaeology Graduate Students Conference, London: Archaeological Inventories and Cultural Heritage Management in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

February 2010. Computer Applications in Archaeology (CAA) UK Conference, London: Archaeological Databases and GIS as Cultural Heritage Management Tools in the Context of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

April 2010. Archaeology in Conflict, World Archaeological Congress (WAC) and the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield (ANCBS), Vienna; 7th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (7ICAANE), London: Archaeological Inventories and Cultural Heritage Management in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

November 2010. Topoi Excellence Cluster, CSG V - FORUM "SPACE & COLLECTIVE IDENTITIES" lecture series, Freie Universität, Berlin: The West Bank and East Jerusalem Archaeological Database.

June 2012. The 10th Anniversary Conference of the Frederick Bonnart-Braunthal Trust, hosted by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics (LSE): Tolerance in a Just and Fair Society: The Case of Archaeological Documentation and Cultural Intolerance in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. [Audio: Min 36.54 (15 mins)]

August 2014. National Inventory & Silk Roads Workshop, Bhutan: 3D Laser Scanning.

November 2014. UCL Institute of Archaeology, MPhil/PhD Student Induction Programme (2014-2015), Explorative Methods: Photography and Videography: Digital Videography as a Research Method.

February 2015. Lecture for the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, at UCL Institute of Archaeology, London: Archaeology in the West Bank: A View on Israeli and Palestinian Documentation.

March 2015. Kids in Museums Digital Families Workshop, British Museum,London: Power to the People: Crowdsourcing and 3D Modelling with MicroPasts.

March 2015. MicroPasts Conference: Crowd-sourcing and Crowd-funding our Human Past, Royal Geographical Society, London: Crowd-fuelled Archaeology and History Online: An Introduction to MicroPasts.


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