Albert Glock

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Albert E. Glock (September 14, 1925 - January 19, 1992) was an American archaeologist working in Palestine, where he was murdered.

Glock was born in Gifford, Idaho. His parents were deeply religious Lutherans of German ancestry living in Illinois. Albert Glock studied at several universities, graduating in 1951 at Concordia Seminary and receiving Master's degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1963.

Glock, as a Lutheran missionary, came to Palestine in 1962 to work on excavations of Taanach, an ancient Canaanite city in south of Jezreel Valley. He had spent 17 years in Jerusalem and the West Bank, first as a director of the Albright Institute for Archaeology and then as head of the archaeology department of Birzeit University, where he helped to found the Archaeology Institute.

On January 19, 1992 Glock was shot when going to work in the West Bank. Neither reason for the murder nor who did it was reliably identified.

Albert Glock was an Associate Editor of Walid Khalidi's encyclopedia of the Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948, 'All That Remains'.


  • Edward Fox: "Palestine Twilight: the murder of Dr Albert Glock and the archaeology of the Holy Land", Harper Collins, 2001 and 2002, ISBN 0-00-638459-5. In the USA reprinted under name "Sacred Geography: A tale of murder and archaeology in the Holy Land".
  • Archaeology, History and Culture in Palestine and the Near East: Essays in Memory of Albert E. Glock, ASOR Books vol. 3, ed. Tomis Kapitan. Atlanta, GA: Scholars Press, 1999. Includes several posthumously-published articles written by Glock, including those that divulge his socio-political views regarding the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • 'All That Remains - The Palestinian Villages Occupied and Depopulated by Israel in 1948.' ISBN 0-88728-224-5. (1992)

His ethnoarchaeological work was given by his widow Lois to Dr. Brigitte Porëe in France.

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