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Heidi Fessler - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Heidi Fessler

Senior Lecturer of Classics and Archaeology | Loyola Marymount University


Heidi Fessler is an archaeologist and historian of ancient Israel specializing in the geography of the Holy Land, and ancient warfare.





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Dr. Heidi Fessler is an archaeologist and historian of ancient Israel. She received her PhD from UCLA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and her MA in Hebrew Bible at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She has participated in multiple archaeological digs in Israel, most notably excavating an ancient Egyptian fortress in Jaffa along the Mediterranean coast. Her interests include historical geography of the Holy Land, ancient warfare, and the Bible in its historical context.

Education (2)

Jewish Theological Seminary - New York: M.A., Hebrew Bible

University of California - Los Angeles: Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Culture

Areas of Expertise (4)

Ancient Greek Medicine

Archaeology and the Bible


Ancient Warfare

Industry Expertise (1)


Courses (2)

CLAR 2360 Ancient Near East

Fall 2021 Study of the Near Eastern background of classical civilizations from the Neolithic to Alexander the Great. University Core fulfilled: Explorations: Historical Analysis and Perspectives; Flag: Information Literacy.

CLAR 4350 Archaeology and the Bible

Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 Study of selections of the Bible, combining historical criticism and exegesis with the relevant archaeology. University Core fulfilled: Integrations: Faith and Reason; Flag: Writing.

Articles (2)

Excavations of the New Kingdom Fortress in Jaffa, 2011–2014: Traces of Resistance to Egyptian Rule in Canaan

American Journal of Archaeology

2017 Excavations of the Egyptian New Kingdom fortress in Jaffa (Tel Yafo, ancient Yapu), on the southern side of Tel Aviv, were renewed by the Jaffa Cultural Heritage Project from 2011 to 2014. This work is an outgrowth of the project’s reappraisal of Jacob Kaplan’s excavations in the Ramesses Gate area from 1955 to 1962.

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Transit Corridors and Assyrian Strategy: Case Studies from the 8th-7th Century BCE Southern Levant

University of California - Los Angeles

2016 Several modern studies and the Assyrians themselves have claimed not only the extreme military measures but also substantial geo-political impact of Assyrian conquest in the southern Levant; however, examples of Assyrian violence and control are actually underrepresented in the archaeological record.

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