Bar Kribus

Subproject Horn of Africa

Bar Kribus is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Archaeology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on Late Antique (Aksumite) and medieval Ethiopian archaeology and on the history and material culture of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews). He was an area manager at the Naples University l'Orientale excavations in Seglamien, Ethiopia, directed by Prof. Rodolfo Fattovich (2010-2013), and served as the ceramics specialist for the Hebrew University excavations in Tiberias, directed by Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman (2011-2016) and for the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology excavations in Jerusalem, directed by Prof. Dieter Vieweger (2014). He published the Islamic-period ceramic finds from the Bar Ilan University excavations at Khorvat Yattir, together with Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman (forthcoming). His MA thesis, under the guidance of Prof. Joseph Patrich and Prof. Steven Kaplan, deals with the influence of pre-Christian cult and culture on Christianity in the Kingdom of Aksum (Late Antique Ethiopia). For his PhD dissertation, he is studying the monastic movement of the Beta Israel, with an emphasis on the daily lives of the monks and on Beta Israel monasteries. A central component of this research is an archaeological survey of Beta Israel monastic sites in Ethiopia.

Vita and Publications


Bar Kribus, M.A.


Ruhr-Universität Bochum CERES

Universitätsstr. 90a

D-44789 Bochum



Room 4.11

Education and Degrees

  • Since 2014 - PhD studies in Archaeology at the Hebrew University; Thesis on The monastic movement of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews). Supervisors: Prof. Steven Kaplan and Prof. Joseph Patrich

  • 2013 - M.A. in Archaeology at the Hebrew University; Thesis topic The influence of pre-Christian Aksumite cult and culture on Aksumite Christianity. Supervisors: Prof. Joseph Patrich and Prof. Steven Kaplan

  • 2012 - semester at the Naples University l’Orientale, under the supervision of Prof. Rodolfo Fattovich

  • 2008 - 2009 - B.A. cum laude in Archaeology and History at the Hebrew University

  • 2007 - B.A. studies in Archaeology and History at the Tel Aviv University



  • Kribus B. (forthcoming) The Creation of an African Sheba? The Impact of Pre-Christian Cult and Culture on Aksumite Christianity, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies.

  • Kribus B. (forthcoming) The Layout and Architecture of the Monasteries of the Betä Ǝsraʾel (Ethiopian Jews) – Preliminary Observations, Ityop̣is.

  • Kribus B. and Krebs V. (2018) Betä Ǝsraʾel (Ethiopian Jewish) Monastic Sites North of Lake Ṭana: Preliminary Results of an Exploratory Field Trip to Ethiopia in December 2015, Entangled Religions 6: 309-344.

  • Kribus B. (2018) Shedding light on Medieval Betä Ǝsraʾel (Ethiopian Jewish) Monasticism: An Examination of Sources and Suggestions for Future Study, Africana 15/02/2018,

  • Fattovich R., Hiluf Berhe, Phillipson L. and Sernicola L. with contributions by Bar Kribus, Michela Gaudiello and Marco Barbarino (2011) Archaeological Expedition at Aksum (Ethiopia) of the University of Naples “L’Orientale” -2010 Field Season: Seglamen, Napoli.

  • Habtamu Makonnen, Phillipson L. and Sernicola L. with contributions by Marco Barbarino, Alfredo Carannante, Michela Gaudiello and Bar Kribus (2013) Archaeological Expedition at Aksum (Ethiopia) of the Università degli Studi di Napoli “L'Orientale” 2011 Field Season: Seglamen, Newsletter di Archeologia CISA 4: 343-439.

  • Kribus B. and Cytryn-Silverman K. (forthcoming) The Ceramic Evidence: The Islamic Period, in: I. Bordowicz (ed.), Horvat Yattir: The 1995 – 1999 Seasons.