This is the story of how, after nearly 20 years as a student and lecturer at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archaeology, I decided to set aside academia and establish Israel Archaeological Services (IAS)—a company that provides logistical and administrative support to archaeological expeditions, alongside serving as the university's sole representative in carrying out salvage excavations.1

I began my studies about a year after my discharge from the army in 1990, earning my Master's in 1998, my doctorate in 2007 and completing five years of post-doctoral research in 2013. While I wouldn't have carried out my journey any differently, I certainly recognize that, for any number of reasons, not everyone will find his or her niche in conventional academics. From a relatively early stage in my own studies, I realized that I could not be content focusing purely on academics. I never wanted to part ways with...

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