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Eliezer Sukenik

(1889 - 1953)

Eliezer Sukenik was born in Poland. He moved to Palestine in 1912 and became an important Israeli archeologist. Sukenik was appointed field archeologist of the Hebrew University and was involved in the unearthing of the remains of the Jerusalem third wall. In 1938, he was appointed to direct the University Museum of Jewish Antiquities. In 1947, Sukenik played an instrumental role in securing the Dead Sea Scrolls. He dedicated the rest of his life to their study. Sukenik's son was archaeologist, soldier, and politician Yigal Yadin.

Sources: Bard, Mitchell G. and Moshe Schwartz. 1001 Facts Everyone Should Know About Israel. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005