Dr Abigail R Zammit

Dr Abigail R Zammit

Dr Abigail R Zammit

 B.A. (Hons)(Melit.),M.A. (Melit.),M.St. (Oxon.),D.Phil. (Oxon.)


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Dr Abigail R. Zammit is a lecturer in Classical Hebrew and Northwest Semitic Epigraphy at the Department of Oriental Studies. Her specialisations comprise Northwest Semitic epigraphy and philology, and related archaeology of the Levant and of the ancient Mediterranean.

Before joining the Department of Oriental Studies, first as visiting lecturer in 2017-2019, Dr Zammit trained in archaeological research and practice. She graduated with a B.A. (Hons) and a M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Malta, with her M.A. research focusing on an analysis of the continuity of Punic culture in Roman Malta, Sicily, and Pantelleria. She was later awarded a M.St. degree in Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford, where she honed her training in Classical Hebrew, and subsequently read for her doctorate (D.Phil) in Oriental Studies at the same university. Her doctoral research re-investigated the inscribed ceramic sherds known as "Lachish Letters" in a holistic manner, combining epigraphic, archaeological, and archival data, in order to understand the inscriptions' role and significance during the last days of pre-exilic Judah (precisely during the late 7th - early 6th centuries BCE).
  • Northwest Semitic Epigraphy
  • Phoenician-Punic Language
  • Classical Hebrew
  • Lachish Letters
  • Phoenician and Punic Archaeology
  • Archaeology of the Levant
  • Punico-Roman Malta

ZAMMIT, A.R., 2019. To Read, or Not to Read: The Question of Literacy in Lachish 3. In: L. QUICK, E.E. KOZLOVA, S. NOLL and P.Y. YOO, eds, To Gaul, to Greece and into Noah’s Ark: Essays in Honour of Kevin J. Cathcart on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday. Oxford University Press: Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 111–122.

VELLA, N.C., BONANNO, A., ANASTASI, M., BECHTOLD, B., FARRUGIA, R., FENECH, K., MIZZI, D., VERDONCK, L. and ZAMMIT, A.R., 2017. A View from the Countryside: the Nature of the Late Punic and Early Roman Activity at the Żejtun Villa Site, Malta. Rivista di Studi Fenici 45, , pp. 109‒227.

ZAMMIT, A., 2017. Message Decoding: What does the Inscription of Lachish 2 represent? In: D. MIZZI, N.C. VELLA and M.R. ZAMMIT, eds, “What Mean these Stones?” (Joshua 4:6, 21): Essays on Texts, Philology, and Archaeology in Honour of Anthony J. Frendo, Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement Series. Leuven: Peeters, pp. 41-59.

ZAMMIT, A., 2016. The Lachish Letters: A Reappraisal of the Ostraca Discovered in 1935 and 1938 at Tell ed-Duweir. D.Phil in Oriental Studies edn. University of Oxford.

ZAMMIT, A., 2012-2013. Review of Tas-Silġ, Marsaxlokk (Malta): Archaeological Excavations conducted by the University of Malta, 1996–2005. 2 Vols. [Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Supplement 48], A. Bonanno, and N.C. Vella (eds). Malta Archaeological Review, (11), pp. 100-102.

ZAMMIT, A. and KERR, R.M., 2012-2013. A farewell to Neo-Punic: Taċ-Ċagħqi revisited. Malta Archaeological Review, (11), pp. 25-33.

ZAMMIT, A.R., forthcoming. Prophetic and Military Activity in the Lachish Letters: An Eighty-Year Rejoinder to Naftali Herz Tur-Sinai (Harry Torczyner). Kleine Untersuchungen zur Sprache des Alten Testaments und seiner Umwelt, .

ZAMMIT, A.R. and MIZZI, D., forthcoming. Tracing History in the Ground: The Phoenician and Punic Inscriptions from the Maltese Islands. Studi Epigrafici e Linguistici, .

  • ARC1007 - Essentials in Archaeology
  • ARC2013 - Phoenician and Punic Archaeology
  • ARC3008 - Ancient Israel
  • ARC3032 - The Riverine Civilizations of the Near East
  • ATS5508 - The Semitic World: Interactions with the Mediterranean
  • ATS5510 - Technology and Mediterranean Societies
  • HST1050 - Maltese History in Context: An Overview
  • NES1002 - Classical Hebrew 2
  • NES1003 - Classical Hebrew 1
  • ORS1102 - Methods of Research
- Administrator of Facebook page on “Northwest Semitic Epigraphy”, aimed towards the sharing of knowledge about Northwest Semitic languages and inscriptions, and related history and archaeology (facebook.com/NWSemiticEpigraphy/)
- Co-editor of Facebook page of the "Department of Oriental Studies - University of Malta" (facebook.com/um.orientalstudies/)

- Committee member of the Maltese Oriental Society (facebook.com/TheMalteseOrientalSociety/)
- Member of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society (AIAS)
- Member of the Archaeological Society Malta (ASM)
- Member of the British School at Rome (BSR)
- Member of the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF)
- Member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)

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Former team-member of the Żejtun Roman Villa Project (Department of Classics and Archaeology) as the project’s Finds Coordinator (2009-2018) and as Teaching Assistant in Post-Excavation Analysis (2013-2018)