1972                     BA in Geography, Free University of Amsterdam.

1984                     MA in European Prehistory, Leiden University.

1994                     Ph.D in Near Eastern Archaeology, Leiden University.                           Dissertation: `Jerusalem in the Bronze and Iron Ages; the Excavations of the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, 1961-1967.’


– Final publications of Kenyon’s excavations in Jerusalem (Steiner 2001, Franken & Steiner 1990).

– Final publications of the excavations of Tell Abu Sarbut in Jordan 1988-92 (Steiner and Van der Steen 2008).

– Studies on the Iron Age pottery of Jerusalem and Moab (Steiner 2001, 2009), the economic structure of ancient states (Steiner 2002, 2008) and on ancient Moab (Daviau & Steiner 2000, Chatwick, Daviau & Steiner 2000, Daviau et al., 2006, Steiner 2009, 2013).

– Final publication of the Iron Age pottery of Khirbat al-Lehun in Moab with a grant of the White-Levy Fund (Steiner 2006, 2015).

– Member of the editorial board of the Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies (JEMAHS).

– Co-director of the the Renewed Excavations of Tell Abu Sarbut (see Tell Abu Sarbut)

Selected publications


1990         H.J.Franken and M.L. Steiner, Excavations in Jerusalem 1961-1967, Vol.II.: The Iron Age Extramural Quarter on the South-east Hill. British Academy Monographs in Archaeology No.2. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

1991         Hanna Blok en Margreet Steiner, De Onderste Steen Boven; opgravingen in Jeruzalem. Kok, Kampen. (Excavations in Jerusalem). Also translated into German.

1996         G.A. Auld and M.L. Steiner, Jerusalem I, from the Bronze Age to the Maccabees. Series: Cities of the Biblical World. Lutterworth Press, Cambridge

2001         M.L. Steiner, Excavations (by Kathleen M. Kenyon) in Jerusalem 1961-1967, Vol. III. The Settlement in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Copenhagen International Seminar Series, Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield. Also translated into Arabic.

2008         Margreet L. Steiner and Eveline J. van der Steen (eds), Sacred and Sweet; Studies on the Material Culture of Tell Deir `Alla and Tell Abu Sarbut. Ancient Near Eastern Studies Supplement Series 24, Uitgeverij Peeters, Leuven.

2013         Margreet L. Steiner and Ann E. Killebrew (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant (ca. 8000 – 332 BCE). Oxford University Press, Oxford.

2015          Margreet L. Steiner, Op zoek naar… De gecompliceerde relatie tussen archeologie en de Bijbel.

2018        Margreet L. Steiner en Bart Wagemakers, We graven hier niet de Bijbel op! De Nederlandse opgraving op Tell Deir Alla (1960-1967). Sidestone Press, Leiden.

2019       Margreet L. Steiner, Inhabiting the Promised Land; Exploring the Complex Relationship between Archaeology and Ancient Israel as Depicted in the Bible. Oxbow Books, Oxford.

2019       Margreet L. Steiner and Bart Wagemakers, Digging up the Bible? The Excavations at Tell Deir Alla (1960-1967). Sidestone Press, Leiden.


Some recent articles

2000      P.M. Michele Daviau and Margreet L. Steiner, “A Moabite Sanctuary at Khirbat al-Mudayna.” BASOR 320, 1-21.

– – – –      Chadwick, Robert, Michele P.M. Daviau and Margreet L. Steiner, “Four Seasons of Excavations at Khirbet al-Mudayna on Wadi ath-Thamad, 1996-1999.” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of JordanXLIV, 257-70.

2002      Margreet L. Steiner, “Mesha versus Solomon. Two models of economic organization in Iron Age II.” Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok67, 37-45.

2006      Daviau, P.M.M., R. Chadwick, M. Weigl, M. Steiner, A. Dolan, Z. Mcquinn and N. Mulder-Hijmans, “Excavation and Survey at Khirbat al-Mudayna and its Surroundings: Preliminary Report of the 2001, 2004 and 2005 Season.” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 50, 249-284.

2007      Margreet L. Steiner, “The Notion of Jerusalem as a Holy City“. In: Rezetko, R, T.H. Lim and W. B. Aucker (eds.), Reflection and Refraction; Studies in Biblical Histiography in Honour of A. Graeme Auld. Brill, Leiden, Boston, 447-59.

– – – –      Margreet L. Steiner, “Jerusalem in the Late Second Millenium and the Beginning of the First Millenium B.C.” in: Z. Kafafi (ed.), Jerusalem before Islam, Amman, Royal Academy of Islamic Civilizations, 69-73.

2008      Margreet L. Steiner, “Propaganda in Jerusalem; State Formation in Iron Age Judah.” In: Grabbe, L., Israel in Transition. From Late Bronze Age to Iron Age IIA (c. 1250 – 850 B.C.E.). Vol. 1. The Archaeology. T&T Clarck. New York, London, 2008, 193 – 202.

2009a    Margreet L. Steiner, “The `Palace of David’ Reconsidered in the Light of Earlier Excavations.” on:

– – – -b    Margreet L. Steiner, “Khirbet al-Mudayna and Moabite pottery production.” In: Bienkowski, P., Studies on Iron Age Moab and Neighbouring Areas in Honour of Michèle Daviau. Peeters: Leuven, 2009, 145-164.

2011      Margreet L. Steiner, “The Persian Period City Wall of Jerusalem.” In: Finkelstein, I and N. Na`aman (eds.), The Fire Signals of Lachish; Studies in the Archaeology and History of Israel in the Late Bronze Age, Iron Age and Persian Period in Honor of David Ussishkin. Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake, Ind., 307-17.

2014      Margreet L. Steiner, “Moab during the Iron Age II period”. In: Margreet L. Steiner and Ann E. Killebrew (eds), The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of the Levant (c.8000–332 BCE). Oxford University Press, Oxford: 770-781.

2014      Margreet L. Steiner, Noor Mulder-Hymans and Jeannette Boertien, “Een joods huishouden in Perea? De resultaten van de eerste opgravingscampagne op Tell Abu Sarbut in 2012.” Tijdschrift voor Mediterrane Archeologie 50, 38-44.

—-         Margreet L. Steiner, “One Hundred and Fifty Years of Excavating Jerusalem.” In: Bart Wagemakers (ed.), Archaeology in the Land of `Tells and Ruins’. A History of Excavations in the Holy Land Inspired by the Photographs and Accounts of Leo Boer. Oxbow Books, Oxford, 24-37.

2015       Margreet L. Steiner, “Van Masada tot Jeruzalem;
Politiek gebruik van de archeologie in Israël”. Lampas 25/4, 385-395.

2016      Margreet L. Steiner, “From Jerusalem with Love.” In: History, Archaeology and The Bible Forty Years After “Historicity”. Changing Perspectives 6, edited by Ingrid Hjelm and Thomas L. Thompson, Routledge, pp. 71-84.