Dr Dennis Mizzi

Dr Dennis Mizzi

Dr Dennis Mizzi


Senior Lecturer

Department of Oriental Studies
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2616
Dennis Mizzi is a senior lecturer in Hebrew and Ancient Judaism at the University of Malta. He teaches biblical Hebrew and Aramaic, Dead Sea Scrolls, and Judaism in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods, with a focus on both texts and archaeology. He is a senior staff member in the Huqoq Excavation Project and assistant director of the ‘Einot Amitai Archaeological Project. Mizzi is also a network partner in the Leverhulme International Network Project for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Caves Artefacts and Archival Sources. Currently, he is completing a comprehensive, multi-volume monograph on the archaeology of Qumran in which he analyses in detail all aspects of the site, including its chronology, architecture, and material assemblages (i.e., pottery, glass and chalkstone vessels, metal artefacts, small finds, coins, animal bones), the surrounding caves and adjacent cemeteries, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls as archaeological artefacts.
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Archaeology of Qumran
  • Ancient Judaism
  • Biblical Studies
  • Ancient Synagogues
  • Hebrew (Biblical, DSS, Rabbinic)

Mizzi, D. 2017, "From the Judaean Desert to the Great Sea: Qumran in a Mediterranean Context", Dead Sea Discoveries, vol. 24, pp. 378-406.

Mizzi, D. 2017, "Pure Matter: On the Ritual-Purity Status of Glass at Qumran" in "What Mean These Stones" (Joshua 4:6, 21): Essays on Texts, Philology, and Archaeology in Honour of Anthony J. Frendo, eds. D. Mizzi, N.C. Vella & M.R. Zammit, Peeters, Leuven, pp. 255-279.

Mizzi, D., Vella, N.C. & Zammit, M.R. (eds) 2017, "What Mean These Stones?" (Joshua 4:6, 21): Essays on Texts, Philology, and
Archaeology in Honour of Anthony J. Frendo
, Peeters, Leuven.

Taylor, J.E., Mizzi, D. & Fidanzio, M. 2017, "Revisiting Qumran Cave 1Q and its Archaeological Assemblage", Palestine Exploration Quarterly, vol. 149, pp. 295-325.

Mizzi, D. 2016, "The Animal Bone Deposits at Qumran: An Unsolvable Riddle?", Journal of Ancient Judaism, vol. 7, pp. 51-70.

Mizzi, D. 2016, "Miscellaneous Artefacts from the Qumran Caves: An Exploration of their Significance" in The Caves of Qumran: Proceedings of the International Conference, Lugano 2014, ed. M. Fidanzio, Brill, Leiden, pp. 137-160.

Mizzi, D. 2016, "On the Meaning/s of ???? ???? in the Damascus Document: A Textual Excavation of CD XII, 15B-17A", Revue de Qumran, vol. 28, pp. 15-44.

Mizzi, D. & Magness, J. 2016, "Was Qumran Abandoned at the End of the First Century BCE?", Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 135, pp. 301-320.

Mizzi, D. 2015, ""Qumran Period I Reconsidered: An Evaluation of Several Competing Theories"", Dead Sea Discoveries, vol. 22, pp. 42pp.

Mizzi, D. 2010, ""The Glass from Khirbet Qumran: what does it tell us about the Qumran Community?"" in The Dead Sea Scrolls: Text and Context, ed. C. Hempel, Brill, Leiden, pp. 99-198.

  • ARC2018 - Research Methods for Undergraduate Dissertations
  • ARC5013 - Artefact Analysis
  • HBW2008 - Readings in Hebrew: Biblical Poetry
  • ORS1102 - Methods of Research

- Huqoq Excavation Project, Israel (senior staff)

- 'Einot Amitai Archaeological Project, Israel (assistant director)

- Zejtun Roman Villa Project, Malta (staff)

- Leverhulme International Network for the Study of Dispersed Qumran Caves Artefacts and Archival Sources