Dr. Shimon Gibson is a British-born archaeologist who has been working in the Holy Land for the past forty years. He was appointed in 2017 as Professor of Practice in the History Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Gibson undertook his academic studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, where he completed in 1995 his PhD on Landscape Archaeology in the southern Levant. From 1995 to 2017, he was a Senior Associate Fellow at the American W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Between 1996 and 1999, Gibson served as Assistant Director of the Excavations and Surveys Department in the Israel Antiquities Authority. From 2000-2017 he headed the Archaeology Department of the University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem. He was a Visiting Professor at UNC Charlotte from 2016-2017.
During the past twenty years Gibson conducted numerous archaeological excavation projects and field surveys in different parts of Israel/Palestine, including the southern desert region. His principal research interests are: Landscape Archaeology; History of Archaeology; History and Archaeology of Jerusalem; early Judaism and early Christianity; History of Photography in the Middle East. Gibson has directed excavations at Sataf, Modi’in, Suba, and in Jerusalem. He is currently co-directing excavations on Mount Zion.