Leen Ritmeyer, originally from Holland, is an archaeological architect who has participated in all of Jerusalem's major excavations. He served as chief architect of the Temple Mount Excavations directed by the late Prof. Benjamin Mazar and in Prof. Nahman Avigad's Jewish Quarter Excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem. He was responsible for the restoration of the Byzantine Cardo and the Herodian Villas in the Jewish Quarter.
He has also participated in numerous excavations throughout Israel, producing site plans and reconstruction drawings. His work has been published in many journals, magazines and books about Biblical Archaeology and has been shown in eminent museums, including the Israel Museum.
He has lectured widely in Israel, Britain, Ireland, Germany, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand and featured as expert on Jerusalem and the Temple Mount on many TV and radio broadcasts.
With a Masters degree in Conservation Studies from the Institute of Advanced Architectural Studies at the University of York and a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, Ritmeyer taught Biblical Archaeology at the Universities of Leeds and Cardiff in the U.K. and is associate professor at the College of Archaeology & Biblical History, TSW University in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.