Last year we attended the First annual conference of Hekhal: the Irish Society for the Ancient Near East that was held in Dublin, Ireland.
This year, the second conference, entitled “Pilgrimage, Travel, and Cult” will be held on 24-26 May 2013 at CITI, Braemor Park, Dublin 14.
Many scholars from different parts of the world, including Israel, will attend. On the Hekhal website there are links that let you download the sessions and abstracts of the different papers.
The sessions that I would find particularly interesting are: “Pools of Jerusalem: Pilgrimage, Purity and the Holy City” by David Gurevich, University of Haifa, Israel, and “The role of the Temple Mount after 70AD” by Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah, Israel Antiquities Authority.
HEKHAL is currently preparing the proceedings of its first annual conference for publication, which will contain our article on “Relating the Temple Scroll from Qumran to the Architecture of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem”.