Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2015

Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2015

4/12/2015

The excavation details have been published by the archaeologists in charge of the individual expeditions. This is a preliminary list. Additional digs will be added as the information becomes available.
Cleaning the mosaic floor in the prayer hall of a Byzantine monastery in the northern Negev
 
Copyright: Assaf Peretz, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority

INTRODUCTION

This list of archaeological expeditions which accept volunteers is compiled by the Israel Foreign Ministry as a service to the public, and is not an endorsement of any of the projects listed. The excavation details below been published by the archaeologists in charge of the individual expeditions, who bear responsibility for their contents.

NOTE: Any questions, comments or requests for additional information must be directed to the contact person indicated for each project, and not to the Israel Foreign Ministry.


VOLUNTEERING

Many archaeologists enlist volunteer help on their digs, as volunteers are highly motivated and wish to learn and gain experience, although the work is often difficult and tedious. Usually, no previous experience is necessary. The work includes digging, shovelling, hauling baskets of earth and sherds, cleaning pottery sherds and more. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Israel.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodations for volunteers can range from sleeping bags in the field, to rooms in hostels or kibbutzim, to 3-star hotels near a site. Each expedition has its own accommodation arrangements.

There is usually a charge for food and lodging, although on some excavations these are free. Volunteers who require kosher food should inquire in advance. Excavations conducted in or near a city often require volunteers to find their own accommodations.

CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

Volunteers should have comfortable, sturdy clothes for heavy work. Sunhats are absolutely compulsory in summer; warm clothing is suggested for summer evenings as the weather can be cool. Winters are wet and cold; warm clothes and water-proof boots are necessary.

Equipment that may be useful - depending on the conditions at the site and the type of accommodation available - includes work-gloves, sleeping bag, canteen, towels and sunscreen lotion.

WORK HOURS

The work schedule at an excavation is organized according to the conditions at the site. A day on an average dig begins before dawn and ends after noon. There is normally a rest period after lunch. The afternoons and early evenings may be devoted to lectures, additional excavation work, cleaning and sorting of pottery and other finds, or they may be free.

CREDIT COURSES

Some expeditions offer credit courses from sponsoring institutions. Details concering subjects, conditions and cost may be obtained by contacting the expedition director.

LECTURES

Most expedition directors (or other staff members) offer informal lectures covering the history and archaeology of the site and discussion of the type of work involved. Volunteers should feel free to request information regarding an excavation in order to be able to appreciate all aspects of the work.

RECREATION AND TRIPS

Recreational facilities (swimming pools, beaches and sporting grounds) may be available, depending on the location of the site. Most expeditions organize sightseeing and field trips to sites in the area and to neighboring museums.

INSURANCE

In most cases, volunteers must arrange for medical and accident insurance in advance. Even in instances when accident insurance is provided, it is strongly advised that volunteers come fully insured as the insurance offered is minimal.

APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION

When applying to the director of an excavation you should indicate any previous studies you may have in archaeology or related fields, such as anthropology, architecture, geography, surveying, graphic arts; or experience in excavation work, pottery restoration or photography.

For registration, please contact the persons listed in the individual entries. Please note that a registration fee is often required.

Note: Israel Ministry of Interior regulations require that passports of all volunteers (other than Israeli) be stamped with a volunteer visa (B4). This request should be made by the volunteer at the point of entry into Israel. 


EXCAVATIONS 2015

(Listed by starting date)

Ein Gedi Jan 5-9
Central Timna Valley Feb 1-13
Khirbet el-Maqatir May 24 - June 13
Gezer Water System Expedition May 24 - June 12
Shikhin/Asochis May 24 - June 23
Bethsaida May 25 - June 6
Jezreel May 25 - June 19
Ashkelon June 6 - July 18
Tel Burna June 7 - July 3
Legio June 13 - July 10
Tel Gezer June 15 - July 10
Abel Beth Maacah June 21 - July 17
Tel Hazor June 21 - July 31
Tel Kabri June 21 - July 31
Tel Lachish June 21 - July 30
Tell es-Safi/Gath June 28 - July 24
Tel Azekah July 11 - Aug 20
Hippos - Sussita July 19 - Aug 13
Ashdod-Yam July 19 - Aug 22
Khirbet el-Eika Aug 2 - Sept 4
Tiberias Aug 23 - Sept 11

Next full field season at Khirbet Summeily will be summer 2016.

 
EIN GEDI Ein Gedi is an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, more then 400 m. below sea level. Fresh water springs flow there and have made permanent settlement that lived on irrigation agriculture.
In January 2015 we intend to reveal the magnificent Hasmonean or Herodian public building (palace?) which awaits discovery in the oasis.
Directors: Dr. Gideon Hadas & Dr. Orit Peleg, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dates: Jan 5-9

Accommodation: Ein Gedi youth hostel, 4 people per room.
Accommodation can also be arranged at the Ein Gedi Kibbutz Guest House - eg@ein-gedi.org.il,
Telephone no: 972-8-6594222; Fax no.: 972-8-6584328
The Kibbutz Guest House is some distance from the excavation site and from the evening activities in the youth hostel. Transport is not provided.

Cost:

Youth hostel: $405 room and board per 5-day week (Sunday afternoon 14.00, till Friday morning, 10.00). Additional fee for fewer people in a room. Israelis must pay 18% VAT.
Volunteers wishing to remain at the Youth Hostel over the weekend will make arrangements to do so at the Youth Hostel reception desk.
Those wishing to set up their own tent will participate in the cost of meals. Public showers are available at the Ein Gedi beach.

Work hours: Fieldwork is conducted from Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Evening lectures and slide shows about the history and archaeology of the area.

Registration fee: $35 (non-refundable). Returning volunteers exempt.

Minimum participation:

One week
Application deadline:

As soon as possible!
Recreation: Touring in Ein Gedi nature reserve, swimming in the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi hot spring spa.

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Contact: Dr. Gideon Hadas, Fax 972-8-6584384; E-mail: gideonhadas@gmail.com
Website: For more information and application form see website

 

CENTRAL TIMNA VALLEY (CTV) The Central Timna Valley (CTV) Project is a multi-year project of the Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, focusing on copper production sites in the southern Aravah Valley at the transitional period between the Late Bronze and Iron Ages (1300-800 BCE). The excavations are aimed at addressing social, technological and chronological aspects of the ancient copper production industry. Field work is conducted on a small scale, designed to address specific research questions, and is complemented by various laboratory analyses of the different archaeometallurgical finds. The project is based on two intensive weeks of field work, excavations, lectures and field trips to various ancient copper production sites, with emphasis on learning different excavation methods and understanding technological evolution from the dawn of metallurgy to the Islamic period, as shaped by the environmental background.

Director: Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef, Tel Aviv University

Dates: Feb 1-13

Accommodation: Simple huts near the Timna Valley; several nights will be in sleeping bags in a heated tent. Full board.

Cost for volunteers:

Variable based on length of stay: $950 for entire field season

Minimum participation:

3 days

Application deadline:

January 25, 2015

Academic credit:
2 academic credits of TAU for the course: Field Archaeology (0671-1216). Israeli students are required to complete their 20 days quota in a different project during the summer. TAU academic fees are $125 per unit (total $250 for the course).

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance, and offer proof of doing so. The expedition will not cover any claims of damage to equipment or injuries to the volunteers or their visitors.

Work hours: The season is short and without breaks; it includes work on Saturdays and Sundays.

Contact: Yitzhak Vassal, centraltimnavalleyproject@gmail.com, or call +972-3-6409427
Additional phone number: Gali Edelstein, Department of Archaeology and Near Eastern Cultures at TAU - +972-3-6409703
Website: For more information see website
 
 
KHIRBET EL-MAQATIR The location of the city of Ai mentioned in Joshua 7-8 has long been a matter of mystery and controversy. The  geographic, historical and archaeological evidence collected in excavations to date demonstrates that Khirbet el-Maqatir is the Ai of Joshua. The discoveries to date include include a rare 15th century BC Egyptian scarab, a Late Bronze I city gate and wall system, large amounts of pottery from the time of Joshua, remains from the Judges period, evidence of destruction by fire, ancient coins, a first century AD city/town, and a Byzantine monastery.

Directors: Dr. Scott Stripling, Wharton County Junior College and Belhaven University

Dates: May 24 - June 13

Accommodation: Mount Scopus Hotel, 10 Sheikh Jarrah Street, Jerusalem

Cost: One week: $1100. Two weeks: $2149. Three weeks: $2999. Includes double occupancy, three meals a day, evening classes. Rates for participation other than 1, 2 or 3 weeks can be priced on an individual basis, depending on the availability of hotel rooms.

Registration fee: $500 deposit

Minimum participation: At least one week participation is preferred, but not required.


Application  deadline: Deadline for signup - April 1, 2015. Final payment in full is due April 15, 2015.

Daily schedule: 5:45 AM - 1:45 PM Excavations, with lunch break
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Pottery washing
7-8 PM Evening Biblical teaching as scheduled .

Recreation: During the dig, two weekends trips will be made available. Park entrance fees, bus and/or van costs are not included, but will be paid by participants in Israel, about $30-$50 per day.

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance valid in Israel in advance, and offer proof of doing so.

Contact:

Henry B. Smith, Jr.
Associates for Biblical Research
P.O. Box 144
Akron, PA 17501
Phone: 1-800-430-0008
Fax: 1-717-859-3393
Email: hsmith@BibleArchaeology.org

Website: For more information and application form see ABR website

 
GEZER WATER SYSTEM Gezer, one of three cities fortified by Solomon, guards the western entrance of Jerusalem from the coastal plain. Gezer was continuously occupied from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period. Excavations will focus on re-opening the ancient water system that was first discovered in the early 1900’s but was not entirely explored.
In 2015 we will continue to clear more of the diagonal tunnel, clearing the tunnel area between the area of the water source and the bottom steps, explore futher the possibility of an external entry, and expand the restoration of the area.

Directors:

Tsvika Tsuk, Director of Archaeology for Israel Parks Authority
Drs. Daniel Warner, James Parker, and R. Dennis Cole of NOBTS

Dates: May 24 - June 12
Accommodation: Air-conditioned rooms at the Neve Shalom Guest House, with three to four persons per room. All guestrooms have air conditioning, telephone, television, and refrigerator.

Cost: $1800 for the 3-week season. The price does not include airfare to and from Israel or weekend study tours. Some space is available for those who cannot stay all 3 weeks, at $600 per week.

Registration fee: Deposit of $500 is due by March 15, balance of payment due by April 20.

Academic program and credit:

Either 3 or 6 semester hours of credit can be obtained through NOBTS for the full 3 week participation in the expedition.  A reduced tuition charge will be assessed by NOBTS for participants in course credit. Some undergraduate credit is also available.

Minimum participation: Preference to volunteers who join the project for the full five weeks of the excavation season. It is possible to arrange for a minimum two week stay upon approval by the project directors.

Work hours: Monday through Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - excavation. Afternoon - lab work in camp (pottery washing, processing of material culture, etc.), and a lecture.

Field trips: The expedition will arrange travel to various key areas and sites during the three week stay, including such areas a Jerusalem, Galilee, the coastal plains of Sharon and Philistia, and the Dead Sea.

Recreation: Swimming pool. Located midway between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, Neve Shalom/ Wahat al-Salam overlooks the Ayalon Valley and the Coastal plain. The village is surrounded by olive groves, pine forests and fields. Within walking distance are the Trappist Monastery of Latrun and the Yitzhak Rabin National Park.

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact:

Dr. Dan Warner (dwarner@nobts.edu), Dr. Dennis Cole, (RDCole@nobts.edu), or Dr. Tsvika Tsuk (tsuk@npa.org.il)

Website: For registration details and application form see website.

 
SHIKHIN/
ASOCHIS
The hilltop village of Shikhin is located a short walk from Sepphoris, the largest city of Hellensitic Galilee. Referred to as Asochis by the historian Josephus, Shikhin was a wealthy Hellenistic production center closely tied to its larger neighbor.
Excavations since 2012 have revealed that the kilns at Shikhin were producing most known Galilean pottery forms, including oil lamps, and they were doing so at a volume that suggests they produced a surplus for trading. Also uncovered were the remains of Shikhin's previously unknown synagogue.

Director: Prof. James Riley Strange, Samford University

Dates: May 24 - June 22

Accommodation: Hotel Galilee in Nazareth. Shared rooms (singles available at higher cost) with air conditioning, private baths and WiFi.

Cost for volunteers:
$2,600 includes four weeks of room and full board at the Hotel Galilee in Nazareth, in-country transportation, two weekend trips to archaeological sites including the Sea of Galilee and Mediterranean Sea, admission into national parks, additional insurance, and other incidental costs.

Academic credit: To enroll in one course, $5,000: includes four credit hours of undergraduate tuition through Samford University plus four weeks of room and full board at the Hotel Galilee in Nazareth, in-country transportation, two weekend trips to archaeological sites including the Sea of Galilee and Mediterranean Sea, admission into national parks, additional insurance, and other incidental costs.
To enroll in two courses: $5,750
Coursework includes readings, training in the field, lectures three nights a week, and weekend trips to other archaeological sites.

Work hours: Volunteers will participate both in excavation (ca. 5AM-1PM) and in post-excavation activities such as pottery reading which will be conducted in the afternoon. Lectures three nights a week.

Recreation: Two weekend trips to other archaeological sites and places of interest. There is usually one free weekend, on which many students take trips to the beach or other sites that they wish to see, and a final, three-day weekend in Jerusalem as an optional trip.

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance, and offer proof of doing so. All participants must be of sound mind and body, enabling participation in an exerting physical activity, in (occasionally adverse) outdoor conditions. Participants are required to undergo a medical examination prior to the excavation and present a medical doctor's authorization.

Contact: Prof. James Riley Strange jrstrang@samford.edu
Department of Religion
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Samford University
Birmingham, AL 35229
Phone: (205)726-4543 (office)
Israeli students should contact Prof. Mordechai Aviam: maviam53@gmail.com

Website: For more information and application form see: website



BETHSAIDA Bethsaida, situated on the north Sea of Galilee was founded in the10th century BCE as the capital city of the biblical kingdom of Geshur. During the Time of Jesus Bethsaida served as the birthplace of three Apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip and a place where Jesus performed many miracles, it is one of the most frequently mentioned towns in the New Testament.

Director: Prof. Rami Arav, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Dates: Session 1: May 25 - June 6
Session 2: June 7-20
Session 3: June 21 - July 4

Accommodation: Nof Ginosar Hotel on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee

Cost: $643-1310 per week according to type (dorm, triple, double, single)

Registration fee: $200 deposit (Full reimbursement until March 31, 2015.
Cancellation fee of $100 April 1-30, 2015)

Minimum participation: One week

Work days:

Monday-Friday
5:30am - 12:30 pm: Fieldwork
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Lab work and pottery
8:00pm - 9:00pm: Lecture

Recreation: Kibbutz Ginosar is located right on the Sea of Galilee, and there is also a swimming pool on the kibbutz. Weekend tours are arranged throughout the season (for an additional charge).

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance, and offer proof of doing so.

Contact:

Kristy Leahy Pape, Excavations Coordinator
1.402.554.3108
kristyleahy@unomaha.edu

Website: For more information and application form see: http://world.unomaha.edu/bethsaida/dig.php

 
JEZREEL Due to Jezreel's prominent place in the Biblical narrative it is the Iron Age city that has prompted the most intense investigation. Settled long before the Biblical period, there is evidence that it was settled continuously from the Chalcolithic period. However the boundaries of the site changed throughout the ages and it is not clear if Jezreel is one large site or if it consists of two separate sites - the central site, Tel Jezreel, and the nearby spring of Jezreel located some 800 meters to the north-east of the hill.
During the first two excavation seasons in 2013 and 2014, the Jezreel team unearthed remains dating to the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Early Bronze, Middle Bronze, Iron Age, Roman, Medieval, and Islamic periods, and revealed a new site - a lower tel - situated directly above the spring ‘Ein Jezreel.

Directors: Norma Franklin (University of Haifa) and Jennie Ebeling (University of Evansville)

Dates: May 25 - June 19
Two week, mini-sessions, will be available depending on space. Preference is given to students and consortium members.

Accommodation: Kibbutz Yizre’el, with full A/C and WiFi. Three meals a day, swimming pool, laundry service.

Cost: TBA

Registration fee: TBA

Minimum participation: Two weeks - available depending on space

Insurance: All participants must have health insurance that covers international travel to Israel. Volunteers are encouraged to seek additional traveler's and flight insurance.
Contact:

Dr Norma Franklin - norma_f@netvision.net.il

Website: For more information and application form see website

 
 
ASHKELON From the Canaanite era (2000-1200 B.C.), Ashkelon was one of the most important ancient seaports in Israel and in the eastern Mediterranean. In 2015, we will continue to uncover Ashkelon’s history from the Bronze Age through the Crusades.

Directors: Lawrence E. Stager and Adam J. Aja, Harvard University

Dates: June 6 - July 18

Accommodation: Dan Gardens Hotel

Cost:

Full Season: $3300
Half Season: $1650
5 Week Session: $2750
Summer School Program: $6250
In addition to the program fee, students are responsible for:
A health insurance fee (waived if students have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
Transportation to and from Ashkelon
Independent excursions
The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
Any immunizations

Academic program:

Students who are participating in the Ashkelon program for course credit take Harvard University NELC S-198: Field School and Education Program for Ashkelon Excavations: The Leon Levy Expedition (32237).
For more information and application see website.

Application fee: $50 (nonrefundable)

Application deadline:

January 29, 2015
Minimum age: Students must be at least 18 years old, have completed at least 1 year of college or be a first-year student, and be in good academic standing to apply.

Minimum participation: Half season participation is possible (June 6 - June 27 or June 27 - July 17) but credit is only available for full season participants.

Work hours: Sunday-Friday: Excavation - 5:30-1:00;
Pottery washing - 4:30-6:30 except on Fridays.

Recreation: Saturdays free. Hotel is located near the beach, has a swimming pool, tennis court, weight room and sauna.

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance valid in Israel in advance, and offer proof of doing so.

Contact: Ashkelon Excavations, info@digashkelon.com, (617) 495-9385

Website: For more information and application form see Harvard excavation website or the Leon Levy Expedition website.

 

TEL BURNA The site of Tel Burna is located in the Shephelah region, which served as a border between the kingdoms of Judah and Philistia in the Iron Age. A fertile area that supported agricultural production, the region became known as the breadbasket of the south. Survey finds indicate the city was important throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages. Excavations have revealed settlements from the thirteenth, ninth, eighth and seventh centuries BCE, as well as some Persian period remains.
This summer, we plan to continue the excavations on the upper mound, where the Iron Age II fortified city stood.

Director: Dr. Itzhaq Shai and Dr. Joe Uziel, Institute of Archaeology, Bar Ilan University

Dates: June 7 - July 3

Accommodation: Standard lodgings are 4-6 people per room.

Cost for volunteers: $450 per week. Includes room and board from Sunday morning to Friday morning, travel to and from the site, field trips (1-2 per week), lectures, and all dig-related activities.

Registration fee: $50 (non-refundable)

Application and payment deadline:

May 1, 2015
Minimum stay & age:
One week. Minimum age 18.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance, and offer proof of doing so. All participants must be of sound mind and body, enabling participation in an exerting physical activity, in (occasionally adverse) outdoor conditions. Participants are required to undergo a medical examination prior to the excavation and present a medical doctor's authorization.

Work hours: Volunteers will participate both in excavation (ca. 6AM-1PM) and in post-excavation activities such as pottery washing which will be conducted in the afternoon and evening.

Contact: Itzhaq Shai shai.itzick@gmail.com
Institute of Archaeology
Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan, Israel, 52900
Telephone: 972-54-4700596

Website: For more information and registration forms see flyer and www.telburna.wordpress.com


 
 
LEGIO

One of the most important Roman period sites in the fertile Jezreel Valley, Legio was established as the headquarters of the Roman VIth Ferrata Legion in Palestine within the context of continued agitation among the subjected local population following the First Jewish Revolt (67-70 CE).
In the 2015 season, the JVRP will continue its exploration of the camp, focusing on several new areas that have never been investigated before, including areas outside the camp where Jewish and early Christian occupation is suspected.

Dates:

June 13 - July 10

Directors: Yotam Tepper - The IAA & Tel Aviv University
Jonathan David - Gettysburg College
Matthew J. Adams - W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research


Accommodation: Bed-and-breakfast at Kibbutz Mizra in air-conditioned guest rooms with bathrooms, kitchenette, refrigerator, and television. Friday and Saturday accommodation provided, but meals are not.

Cost:

$2000 for four weeks. Shorter period possible on request for volunteers.

Work days:

Sunday morning through Thursday afternoon.
5:00am - 1:00 pm: Fieldwork
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Processing finds
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Lecture

Pre-season tour: $1400 for 5-day tour of sites in northern Israel with accompanying lectures by the director and staff of the JVRP. Includes room, board, and transportation. Required for all credit course participants.

Academic credit:

5-week (3-credit) field school introduces the student to methods and techniques of field archaeology through Lecture Presentations, Field & Lab Tutorials, Field Trip, and hands-on experience as they participate in primary archaeological research at the Castra of the Roman VIth Ferrata Legion at Legio in the Jezreel Valley, Israel. 6-credit advanced techniques option encompasses all of the activities of the 3-credit field school with added advanced instruction and hands-on experience with additional field and laboratory techniques and technologies. Full details on website.

Recreation: The kibbutz boasts a grocery store, swimming pool, pub, free wi-fi, sports facilities, and BBQ facilities..
Registration fee: $100 (non-refundable)

Application deadline: Deadline for enrollment in the Credit Course is March 6, 2015. Volunteer or Tour applications will be accepted through May 15, 2015

Minimum age:

18
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Contact:

Matthew J. Adams - Email mja198@gmail.com

Website and application forms:


Official website: http://www.jezreelvalleyregionalproject.com/


 
TEL GEZER Tel Gezer guards the western entrance of Jerusalem from the coastal plain. Gezer was continuously occupied from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Period. It is one of three cities fortified by Solomon (1 Kings 9:16-17). Emphasis this summer will be placed on ancient Gezer during the Iron Age. The excavation will focus on the south-eastern slope of the western hill where previous excavations have revealed that there are several occupational phases of the Iron Age city.

Directors:

Dr. Steven M. Ortiz, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Texas
Dr. Sam Wolff, Israel Antiquities Authority

Dates: June 15 - July 10

Accommodation: Air-conditioned suites at Neve Shalom, full room and board. Each suite sleeps four individuals and has one bathroom.

Cost: Cost for the full four weeks is $2400. Weekend Field Trip supplement: $800 (mandatory for those taking academic credit).

Registration fee: $500 deposit

Academic program and credit:

Academic credit is available for participating in the project. There are two courses (3 units each) of graduate or undergraduate credit offered through Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, several of our consortium schools also offer credit through their institutions. Tuition is $500 for each three unit course.

Minimum participation: Preference to volunteers who join the project for the full excavation season. It is possible to arrange for a minimum two week stay upon approval by the project directors.

Work hours: Monday through Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - excavation. Afternoon - lab work in camp (pottery washing, processing of material culture, etc.), and a lecture.
Field trips: Weekend Field Trip supplement: $800 (includes transportation, entrance fees, guides, etc. for 10 days of touring on the weekends) . Mandatory for those taking academic credit.

Application deadline:

Feb 28, 2015. Extended to April 30, 2015
Recreation: Swimming pool. Located midway between Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, Neve Shalom/ Wahat al-Salam overlooks the Ayalon Valley and the Coastal plain. The village is surrounded by olive groves, pine forests and fields. Within walking distance are the Trappist Monastery of Latrun and the Yitzhak Rabin National Park.

Minimum participation: Preference for full period, minimum two week stay upon approval by the project directors.

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Contact:

Steve Ortiz sortiz@swbts.edu and Sam Wolff sam@israntique.org.il

Website: For registration details and application form see website.

 
TEL ABEL
BETH MAACAH

Abel Beth Maacah is a major tell in the Upper Galilee, at the northern end of the Huleh Valley, just west of Dan, and at the ancient juncture of Aram, Israel and Phoenicia. The site contains remains from the third through first millennia BCE, as well as from the Classical and Medieval periods. This season we will continue to excavate Iron Age I (11th-12th century BCE) and Late-Middle Bronze Ages (second millennium BCE) remains and plan to explore a large building on the upper mound that might be dated to Iron Age II, possibly a citadel dating to the time of King David.

Dates:

June 21 - July 17

Co-Directors: Dr. Robert Mullins, Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Nava Panitz-Cohen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Accommodation: Kibbutz Kfar Szold. Units accommodate three to four people and are equipped with air conditioning, television, kitchenette, and full bathroom, as well as free wi-fi. Linens and towels are provided.

Cost:

Full room and board for the excavation costs $500 per week for the first three weeks (weekends included) and $350 for the fourth week.

Registration deposit: You must pay a deposit of half of the total cost of your accommodations upon registration.
Work hours: Excavation: 5:30 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. Pottery washing, pottery sorting, and other special projects in the afternoon.

Academic credit:

Students may arrange to receive academic credits through the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem​. The cost is US$80 for the registration fee and US$120 per academic credit paid directly to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Participants will receive 4 credits for participating during the entire season. Students opting to receive academic credits must fulfill the requirements set by the field school directors (attending all field trips and lectures, tasks in the field and writing of an academic paper relating to the project).

Minimum age: 18

Minimum participation:
Two weeks (four weeks for academic credit)
Recreation: Free swimming facilities for the volunteers are in the Olympic size kibbutz pool, as are sports’ facilities. The region around the kibbutz is replete with all kinds of interesting tourist attractions and nature sites to visit.

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Contact: Dr. Robert Mullins - Volunteer Information
Prof. Lauren Monroe - Director of educational programming / Field School

Website and application form:

Official website: http://www.abel-beth-maacah.org

 
TEL HAZOR Hazor is a major site in the Galilee, located approximately 5 km. north of Rosh Pina. 
The population of Hazor in the second millennium BCE is estimated to have been about 20,000, making it the largest and most important city in the entire region, located strategically on the route connecting Egypt and Babylon. The city was rebuilt and fortified by King Solomon and prospered in the days of Ahab and Jeroboam II, until its final destruction by the Assyrians in 732 BCE.

Director:

Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor, Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University

Dates: June 21 - July 31. The season is divided into two 3 week sessions: Sunday June 21 - Friday July 10; Sunday July 12 - Friday July 31. It is possible to apply for either one of the three week sessions or both, but preference will be given to those who apply for the entire 6-week season.

Accommodation: Holiday Village of Kibbutz Gonen. All the rooms equipped with air-condition, TV and a kitchenette.

Cost: $1500 per session ($500 per week x 3) or $2800 for those who register for the entire period.

Registration fee: $75 nonrefundable registration fee.

Credit courses: Students may arrange to receive academic credit (undergraduate or graduate level) through the Rothberg International School. These credit points can be transferred to the student’s home institution. The cost is $80 for the application fee and $120 per academic credit point, each equals 1 week of participation (students can get up to 6 credit points for the whole season).
Students opting to receive academic credit should state their intent upon registration, and directions for application to the credit program will be sent by mail.

Work hours: Monday through Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 14:30 p.m. - excavation and pottery washing.

Lectures: A series of lectures during the week will provide training in field archaeology and the interpretation of finds.
Recreation: The kibbutz has a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts.

Minimum age: 18

Minimum participation:
3 weeks.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Contact: Mail the application form + registration fee to:
Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor
Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University
Mount Scopus Jerusalem 91905 Israel
Tel. 972-2-5882403/4 Fax: 972-2-5825548
For information contact: Dr. Sharon Zuckerman
Email: hazor@mscc.huji.ac.il
Website: For registration details and application form see Hazor website.

 
 
TEL KABRI Located in a quiet rural setting within the western Galilee, a ten minute ride from the historical town of Acco and the modern resort town of Nahariya, the site of Tel Kabri has what may be the earliest-known Western art yet found in the Eastern Mediterranean. In 2013, we found the oldest and largest wine cellar in the ancient Near East, in the storage rooms of the palace. We will be continuing the excavation of these during the 2015 season.

Co-Directors:

Assaf Yasur-Landau, Haifa University and Eric H. Cline, George Washington University

Dates: June 21 - July 30, split into two sessions of three weeks each: June 21 - July 9 and July 12-30.

Accommodation: Western Galilee Field School, near Achziv beach, north of Nahariya. Meals provided during work week.

Cost: Room and Board: $750 per week ($600 for returnees and consortium members)

Registration fee: $50 non-refundable deposit

Application deadline:

All payments will be due in full by 1 April 2015.
Credit courses: We anticipate offering the following course through the University of Haifa, for credit which should transfer back to US colleges and universities: Kabri Archaeological Field School: Methods and Techniques in Field Archaeology (3 credits). It is expected that the cost of the field techniques class, available as transfer credits from the University of Haifa, will be US $600 per 3 credit course.

Work hours: Sunday through Thursday: 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Work on the finds continues between 4-6 pm in the excavation camp. For those who are enrolled in the field school, several afternoons a week will be dedicated to lectures and practice of field techniques.

Lectures: A series of lectures during the week will provide training in field archaeology and the interpretation of finds.

Minimum age: 18

Minimum participation:

3 weeks
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: Eric H. Cline, Ph.D. - Chair, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, George Washington University
Tel: (202) 994-0316, Fax: (202) 994-2156; Email: ehcline@gwu.edu
Website: For registration details and application form see website.

 
 
TEL LACHISH Lachish was the second most important city in Judah after Jerusalem. Its destruction in 701 B.C. was famously recorded on the walls of Sennacherib’s palace at Nineveh. This fourth expedition to the large tell site seeks to uncover the history of the early Iron Age city (10-9th centuries BCE). It will also examine the connection between archaeology and the Biblical narrative of the tenth century B.C.

Directors:

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, Institute of Archeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Michael G. Hasel, Institute of Archaeology, Southern Adventist University
Martin G. Klingbeil, Institute of Archaeology, Southern Adventist University

Dates: June 21 - July 30

Accommodation: Kedma Youth Village

Cost: Room and Board: $400 USD per week or $2,200 USD for 6 weeks

Registration: In order to register, a $50 USD registration fee, made out to the Israel Exploration Society, and a $200 USD deposit made out to the Kedma Youth Village is required to be sent along with the completed application form to the excavation. (Note:  the $200 USD deposit is applied to the overall stay at the Kedma Youth Village and is not an additional lodging expense).

Application deadline:

March 13, 2015
Credit courses: If seeking to receive academic credit for the excavation period, volunteers will need to apply through the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in addition to applying to the excavation. This can be done during the excavation season. Three or six academic credits are offered. There is an $80 registration fee and credits are $100 per credit hour, payable to The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. See application form

Work days: Sunday through Thursday

Minimum age: 18

Minimum participation:

2 weeks
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Contact: Prof. Yosef Garfinkel
Institute of Archaeology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jerusalem 91905, Israel
Phone: 972-2-5882412
Fax: 972-2-5825548
garfinkel@mscc.huji.ac.il

Website: For registration details and application form see website.

 
TELL ES-SAFI/GATH The site of Tell es-Safi/Gath is located in the Shephelah region (the Judean foothills), approximately half way between Jerusalem and Ashkelon. One of the largest archaeological sites in Israel, it is identified as Canaanite and Philistine Gath, Medieval Blanche Garde, and modern Tell es-Safi. During biblical times this was one of the five major cities of the Philistines, the home of Goliath and Achish according to the biblical text. Excavations over the last 17 years have uncovered impressive remains, including the worlds earliest known siege system, rich finds from the Bronze and Iron Age periods, Philistine temples, inscriptions and art, and evidence of the destruction of the city of Gath by Hazael, king of Aram Damascus, as mentioned in II Kings 12.
In the upcoming 2015 season, we plan to continue to excavate levels dating to these various phases, with particular emphasis on the Early and Late Bronze Ages, and various stages of the Iron Age.

Director: Prof. Aren Maeir, Institute of Archaeology, Bar Ilan University

Dates: June 28 - July 24

Accommodation: Kibbutz Revadim. Standard lodgings are 4-6 people per room; double and single rooms available for additional fee.
Cost for volunteers: US$450 per week. Includes room and board from Sunday morning to Friday morning, travel to and from the site, field trips (1-2 per week), lectures, and all dig-related activities. Weekends and double/single rooms available for additional fee.

Registration fee: US$50 (non-refundable)

Application deadline:

May 1, 2015
Academic program: A field school in field archaeology will provide university credits (from Bar-Ilan University): 3 credits for 2 weeks ($500 additional payment) or 6 credits for 4 weeks ($1000 additional payment).

Work hours: Monday afternoon to Friday afternoon. Includes excavation (ca. 6AM-1PM) and in post-excavation activities such as pottery washing which will be conducted in the afternoon and evening.

Minimum age: 16 to 90. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/legal guardians.

Minimum stay: 2 weeks

Recreation: Kibbutz pool

Lecture/class: Twice a week, in evenings.

Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance, and offer proof of doing so. All participants must be of sound mind and body, enabling participation in an exerting physical activity, in (occasionally adverse) outdoor conditions. Participants are required to undergo a medical examination prior to the excavation and present a medical doctor's authorization.

Contact: Prof. Aren M. Maeir, Institute of Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900, ISRAEL
TEL: +972-54-6205082; FAX: +972-3-635-4941
E-mail: maeira@mail.biu.ac.il; aren@maeir.com

Website: For more information and registration forms see: gath.wordpress.com


TEL AZEKAH Tel Azekah (Tell Zakariya) controls a strategic junction of roads that leads from the Mediterranean coast to the Judean Hills, and connects Beth-Shemesh in the north and Lachish in the south. The site was settled during the late phase of the Early Bronze Age (ca. 2500-2200 BCE), was surrounded by a massive wall in the Middle Bronze Age II (ca. 1800-1500 BCE) and reached the peak of its prosperity in the Late Bronze Age (1500-1200 BCE). In the early Iron Age Azekah was within the area ruled by the Philistines. During the Iron Age II the site became a Judahite border town. An Assyrian inscription claims that Azekah was the first target of King Sennacherib's army when he attacked Judah in 701 BCE.
Since 2012, O. Lipschits, Y. Gadot and M. Oeming have excavated the site each summer as part of a long term project under the auspices of Tel Aviv and Heidelberg Universities (the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition).

Directors: Prof. Oded Lipschits and Dr. Yuval Gadot (Tel Aviv University) and Prof. Manfred Oeming (Heidelberg University)

Dates: July 11 - August 20 (six weeks)

Accommodation: Kibbutz Gal-On guest house (up to 4-5 people in a room), with shower and bathroom.

Cost for volunteers:

Weekly fee (Saturday night - Thursday noon): 2500 NIL or $676 (pending conversion rates).
Includes academic lectures, evening tours, afternoon archaeological programs and social activities, and
courtesy bus service:
Saturday: from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to Kibbutz Gal-on (around 8 pm)
Thursday: from the Kibbutz to Tel Aviv and to Jerusalem (around 4 pm)

Registration fee: $50

Application deadline:

May 31, 2015

Recreation and activities: Sunday and Monday afternoon - guest archeological lecture.
Volunteers may listen in on academic courses (see below) free of charge (with no credit). 
Each Tuesday there is a mid-week tour to a nearby site (Ashkelon, Lachish, Gezer etc.) Free of charge except for entrance fees where applicable.
Kibbutz pool.

Academic program:

The excavation offers two academic courses, each with 3 points of credit, at the cost of $300 per course. The courses will be given during the first 4 weeks of the excavation (it is highly recommended to check with your institute if they accept this credit).

Work hours:

Sunday-Thursday:
Field work 5:00-13:15
Pottery wash 13:30-14:15
Lunch
Afternoon break 15:00-17:00
Lectures 17:00-19:00
Dinner 19:00-20:00
Courses 20:00-21:00

Minimum stay: Two weeks

Insurance: Applicants must have medical authorization and health insurance (valid in Israel!) and complete medical form.

Contact: Contact: Mrs. Limor Torbatti or Mrs. Alexandra Wrathall can be reached at azekah.excavations@gmail.com
Facebook: Search for The Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition

Website: For more information and registration package see website




HIPPOS (SUSSITA) The ancient city of Hippos, one of the Decapolis, was erected upon the plateau of Sussita Mountain overlooking the Sea of Galilee which stretches west of it. The Hippos dig is one of the main Classical Period excavations being conducted during last decade in Israel.
 This season's plans include: excavations of a Roman period Basilica, excavations of fortification segments (the bastion), and excavations of the Roman-Byzantine southern bathhouse.

Director: Dr. Michael Eisenberg, University of Haifa

Dates: July 19 - Aug 13
Session A: July 19-30
Session B: August 2-13

Accommodation: Kibbutz Sha'ar HaGolan in air-conditioned rooms including weekends (3 meals a day, expedition tours, leisure activity, lectures, etc.), 2-4 per room

Cost: Session A or B (2 weeks each) - Cost for full Room and Board: $1410
Tuition Fee for 2 Credits: $150
Session A and B (4 weeks) - Cost for full Room and Board: $2525
Tuition Fee for 4 Credits: $150.

Registration fee: 100 Euro (nonrefundable) in personal or bank check. Fee will be deducted from total cost of participants.

Application deadline:
March 30, 2015. Full payment by April 20.
Work hours: Excavation (Sunday-Thursday): 05:00-12:00, with additional work assignments and lectures in the afternoon and evenings.

Recreation: Guided tours; on weekends participants may relax or travel on their own or enjoy on the shore of the Tiberias Lake.

Minimum age: 16

Minimum participation: Two week session. Preference will be given to those who apply for the entire season.

Insurance: It is mandatory for each participant to provide proof of full medical insurance covering all aspects of illness or possible injury.

Contact: Dr. Michael Eisenberg, Co-Director, Hippos (Sussita) Project, Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel
Tel. 972-4-8249392; Fax: 972-4-8249876
E-mail: hippos@research.haifa.ac.il

Website: For registration details and application form http://hippos.haifa.ac.il/

 
 
ASHDOD-YAM

In summer 2015, we are planning to continue the excavations of the Iron Age compound (known also as an 'Assyrian enclosure') at the site of Ashdod-Yam (South) (Ashdod on the Sea; Asdudimmu in the neo-Assyrian sources; a part of Azotos Paralios in Byzantine times), which is located on the coast of Israel (within the boundaries of the modern city of Ashdod).
The fate of Ashdod-Yam was always connected to the capital city of Ashdod (one of the five major Philistine cities during the Iron Age. Already during the Late Bronze Age there was probably a small port of trade at Ashdod-Yam, which served the capital city, while its main port of trade was located at Tel Mor, north-west of Tel Ashdod.Tel Mor's significance was diminished during the Iron Age and Ashdod-Yam became the main coastal settlement connected directly to the inland city of Ashdod.

Dates:

July 19 - August 22

Directors: Dr. Alexander Fantalkin, Tel Aviv University Institute of Archaeology

Prof. Angelika Berlejung, Leipzig University Institut für Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft

Accommodation: ORT YAMI-ASHDOD Naval officers boarding school. Full board on weekdays, up to 3-4 people in a room. Includes room on weekends, no meals provided.

Cost:

Two weeks: US $ 1200
Three weeks: US $ 1750
Four weeks: US $ 2300

Registration fee (non-refundable):

$50
Work days: Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday free.

Lectures and tours: Academic lectures and workshops; afternoon archaeological programs and social activities, educational tours to archaeological and historical sites and museums in the region.

Academic credit:

It is our intention to develop an additional educational program for foreign student​s who will get academic credit hours from Tel Aviv University

Recreation: Accommodation located within short walking distance of Mediterranean beaches.


Minimum participation:
Two consecutive weeks.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Contact:

Dr. Alexander Fantalkin, fantalk@post.tau.ac.il, Tel. +972-54-5721866

Website and application forms:

Official website: http://www.ashdod-yam-archaeological-excavations.com

 
 
KHIRBET EL-EIKA

Khirbet el-Eika is situated on a high isolated mountain overlooking the Arbel Valley and the ancient route that led from the sea of Galilee (7 km) to central Galilee and from there to the Mediterranean coast (40 km). The location of the site and its topographic and fortified nature may indicate the site had some administrative role of controlling the surrounding agricultural production. A dramatic destruction (ca. mid-2nd c. BCE) apparently brought about the end of its settlement, and the rich assemblages of artif acts found in the destruction layer provide an unparalleled window into the material culture of Hellenistic Galilee.
Excavations are currently planned for the summers of 2015, 2016 and 2017 and will deal with all aspects of the site and its surroundings: private and public architecture, the fortification, agricultural installations, water sources, etc.

Dates:

2 August - 4 September

Director: Dr. Uzi Leibner. Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Accommodation: The excavation team will be based at Arbel (right below the site, about 7 km from Tiberias) in wooden cabins with a private bathroom, kitchenette, A/C, TV and a porch. Dormitory-like rooms are available in a lower rate.

Cost:

$420-$550 per work week depending on room standard and duration of participation. A work week is from Sunday night through Friday afternoon. Prices include full room and board, participation in the excavations, field trips and lectures.

Lectures and tours: Volunteers are provided with field trips to nearby sites as well as lectures on topics related to the research prompting this excavation.

Academic credit:

The field school offers two credit programs through the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem:
1. A 2½ week program including 3 days in Jerusalem and 10 days of excavations, tours and evening lectures on The Archaeology and History of Ancient Galilee (9-21 August = 3 credit hours).
2. Participation in 2-4 weeks of excavations, tours and lectures (2 August - 4 September 2015) - 1 credit per week (2 week minimum). Academic credits: $120 per credit + $80 application fee

Recreation: Swimming pool, sauna and TV room.
Minimum age:

18
Minimum participation:

One week for volunteers
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Contact:

Contact: Roi Sabar, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel.
Tel: +972 528282963
Email: roisabar@gmail.com

Website and application forms:

Official website: http://www.ashdod-yam-archaeological-excavations.com

 
TIBERIAS

Tiberias, on the Sea of Galilee, was founded in 19 CE by King Herod Antipas as the new capital of his kingdom. In spite of the original objection of the Jews of Galilee to settle the new city, named in honour of the Roman emperor Tiberius, it was not long before Tiberias became the Jewish capital of the Galilee. The current excavation focuses on the center of the ancient city. Previously excavated structures at this location include a bathhouse complex, a basilical building, a large colonnaded structure and what has been identified as the foundations for the temple to the emperor Hadrian. It has recently been suggested that the large colonnaded structure, originally identified as a covered market, is the city’s congregational mosque, comparable to other buildings of this type found throughout the region, and modeled after the Great Mosque of Damascus.

Dates:

Aug 23 - Sept 11

Director: Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Accommodation: Aviv Hotel. All rooms have private bathroom, TV, air-conditioning and a balcony. Single or double rooms available. Hostel accommodation and camping options also possible.

Cost:

Prices range from $170 to $700 per week depending on type of accommodation. Discount for longer stays and students.
Prices include full room and board from Sunday evening check in through Friday morning check out from the hotel as well as all excavation related activities, field trips and lectures. Do not include accommodations over the weekends (Friday and Saturday nights).

Registration deposit: $100 (non-refundable)
Work hours: Excavation: 5:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. Afternoon activities - lectures, pottery washing and field trips to nearby sites.
Academic credit:

Students may arrange to receive academic credits through the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem​. The cost is US$80 for the registration fee and US$120 per academic credit paid directly to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Participants will receive 4 credits for participating during the entire season. Students opting to receive academic credits must fulfill the requirements set by the field school directors (attending all field trips and lectures, tasks in the field and writing of an academic paper relating to the project).

Minimum age: 18

Minimum participation:

One week (two weeks minimum recommended)
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact:

Sharon Burger, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel.
Tel: +972-2671759
Email: tiberiasexcavation@yahoo.com  ​

Website and application forms:

Official website: http://tiberias.huji.ac.il/


Israel Antiquities Authority

The Israel Antiquities Authority's Department of Education and Information is responsible for educational programs in archaeology and heritage preservation. The department runs three centers for archaeology, offering tours, workshops, activities, enrichment courses and opportunities to participate in excavations.

For information on volunteer opportunities available at the IAA, contact Mrs. Meyrav Shay, tel. 972-2-6204679, 972-52-4284408.

Volunteers from abroad should also prepare a photocopy of their insurance policy. 

Download IAA volunteer form

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