Moshe Kochavi, was a founding faculty member of Tel Aviv University‘s Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, Kochavi began studying archeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1955 under Yohanan Aharoni, and received his Ph.D. from that institution. After the 1967 Six-Day War Kochavi carried out the first thorough survey of the Judean Hills. In 1968 he joined Tel Aviv University’s Department of Archaeology. He led Tel Aviv University’s excavation at Tel Hadar between 1987 and 1995 as part of the Land of Geshur Project.
Kochavi was one of numerous archaeologists who in 2007 petitioned the Supreme Court of Israel to order an immediate cessation of digging operations being performed by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf on the Temple Mount.