Field Expedition on Epigraphy in Moldova


On August 1-10, 2019 "Sefer" center organizes a field expedition on epigraphy in Moldova, with the support of Genesis Philanthropy Group and the Russian Jewish Congress. In the new field season, the center "Sefer" will continue to study the Jewish material heritage in the historical region of Bessarabia, started in 2017.

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This year the object of study will be the Jewish cemetery of Orgeev (Orhei), which is one of the oldest and largest Jewish necropolis in modern Moldova. The purpose of the expedition will be the documentation of the old site, which has preserved more than a thousand tombstones of XVII – XIX centuries. As a part of field work fixation of epitaph texts, photography and measurement of monuments will be carried out. In addition, a detailed map of the site will be made indicating the location of the tombstones.

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Students and young scientists who already have experience in epigraphic research, as well as those engaged in the study of the history and cultural heritage of Jews in the region are invited to participate in the school-expedition. Among the new participants, preference will be given to applicants with the skills of field and desk work, as well as knowledge of Hebrew. It is mandatory for all participants of the expedition to have their own notebook.

To participate in the school please complete the application form by May 15th. Selection of successful candidates will be performed by May 25th.