Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2016

Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2016

3/1/2016

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.
Section of the lower aqueduct to Jerusalem
 
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 2016

(Listed by starting date)

Ein Gedi Jan 4-28
Tiberias Jan 24 - Feb 19
Central Timna Valley Jan 24 - Feb 2
Shikhin/Asochis May 20 - June 20
Khirbet el-Maqatir May 22 - June 11
Bethsaida May 22 - July 9
Jezreel May 27 - June 24
Tel Halif May 29 - July 1
Ashkelon June 4 - July 15
Mount Zion June 11 - July 7
Horvat Kur June 13 - July 8
Megiddo June 18 - Aug 3
Tel Burna June 19 - July 15
Abel Beth Maacah June 19 - July 15
Tel Lachish June 19 - July 27
Tel Hazor June 19 - July 29
Tel Gezer June 20 - July 15
Jaffa June 24 - July 28
Tell es-Safi/Gath June 26 - July 22
Khirbet el-Eika June 26 - July 27
Tel Dor July 3-28
Hippos - Sussita July 3-29
Tell Keisan July 3-31
Tel Azekah July 16 - Aug 11
Ashdod Yam July 25 - Aug 21
Kursi Beach Nov 1 - Dec15

Next full field season at Tel Kabri is scheduled for 2017.
 
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. It is the only Jewish settlement from the 6th century that has been excavated on the shore of the Dead Sea.
In January 2016 we intend to reveal the "drainage alley"  which  separates the dwelling houses on the north side of the alley with "Halfi's son House" (excavation completed in January 2015). By doing so, we will unite the whole excavated part of the village to one complete site, with the ancient synagogue.
Directors: Dr. Gideon Hadas & Dr. Orit Peleg, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dates: Jan 4-28

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:

Room and board per day: a single volunteer in a room $70, two volunteers in a room $45 each,  three volunteers in a room $35 each, and four in a room $30 each. Meals:  Breakfast $15, lunch/dinner $20. Israelis must pay an additional 18% VAT.
Rooms must be vacated early Friday morning.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:

December 1, 2015
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

 

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:

Jan 24 - Feb 19

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 $204 to $840 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

 

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. Students and volunteers will excavate in two sites: the extensive 10th century BCE smelting site of the "Slaves Hill" (Timna 34), and an Egyptian miners' camp.

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

Dates: Jan 24 - Feb 2

Accommodation: 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 10, 2016

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 $200 for the course (enrolled students are responsible for the completion of the excavation season, along with attendance at evening lectures and regional tours); equivalent to a semester course of 2 academic hours per week at other universities.

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 and registration form.
 
 

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
Associate Director - Mordechai Aviam, Kinneret Academic College, Israel; Director, Institute for Galilean Archaeology

Dates: May 20 - June 20

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

Cost for volunteers:
$2,750 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, $5,300: 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: $6,160
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



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 22 - June 11

Accommodation: Ritz Hotel Jerusalem, in downtown East Jerusalem

Cost: One week: $1199. Two weeks: $2149. Three weeks: $2999. Includes double or triple 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, 2016. Final payment in full is due April 15, 2016.

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

 

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 22 to June 4
Session 2: June 12 to June 25
Session 3: June 26 to July 9

Accommodation: Nof Ginosar Hotel

Cost: $855 - $1,310 per week according to type (dorm, triple, double, single). Includes breakfast on site and lunch and dinner at the hotel, transportation from the airport one time at the beginning of every session, transportation daily to and from the site.

Registration fee: $200 deposit (Full reimbursement until March 31, 2016.
Cancellation fee of $100 April 1-30, 2016)

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 international 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 website.

 

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 27 - June 24

Accommodation: Kibbutz Yizre'el. Rooms have up to 4 beds with a/c, wi-fi, shared bathrooms and kitchenette facilities.

Cost: Comprehensive fee: $3,250 for full season, $1,750 for two week season. Fee includes registration and technology fees, accommodations, all meals, most travel within Israel, and entrance fees to archaeological and historical sites. For UE students and consortium undergraduates, fees also include tuition (3 credits). Fees do not include roundtrip airfare or ground transportation to Jezreel.

Registration fee: First nonrefundable deposit: $200 due February 15, 2016

Minimum participation:

Full season - UE students, Jezreel alumni, and full season consortium participants
Two-week session - UE/Jezreel alumni and consortium graduate students only.

Academic credit: 3 undergraduate credits are available from the University of Evansville.

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

 
TEL HALIF In the northeastern Negev on the border between the hill country and the Shephelah, Tell Halif is a 7-acre site that was occupied from Chalcolithic times. It may be Biblical Rimmon, a site mentioned in the Hebrew Bible five times. This season, the team will continue exposing the domestic structures strung along the city wall of the Iron Age town destroyed by the Assyrian king Sennacherib in 701 B.C.

Directors: Prof. Oded Borowski, Emory University

Dates: May 29 - July 1

Accommodation: Kibbutz Lahav, 2-3 people per room.

Cost: $2,650 for full season

Application deadline: March 1, 2016

Minimum participation:

Two weeks

Academic credit: 4 credits; $5,712/one class; awarded by Emory University.

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:

Prof. Oded Borowski
Emory University
Dept. of MESAS
S-312 Callaway Center
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-727-7951
Fax: 404-727-2133
oborows@emory.eduitellhalif.wordpress.com




 
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. Excavated since 1985, 2016 will be the last field season on site.

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

Dates: June 4 - July 15

Accommodation: Leonardo Hotel, Ashkelon

Cost:

Full Season: $3450
Half Season: $1725
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:

April 6, 2016
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 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.

 
 
MOUNT ZION Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the site is rich with material remains from all periods of habitation: Iron Age, Herodian/Roman, Byzantine, Muslim, Crusader, and Ottoman. The 2015 season revealed a Roman era 1st century vaulted chamber associated with the remains of what is thought to be a priestly "mansion" from the time of Jesus.
The Mount Zion excavation is run as a field school and all team members receive specialized training from the directors and area supervisors as part of their participation.

Directors: Dr. James Tabor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dates: June 11 - July 7

Accommodation: Volunteers: Lodging, airfare, and meals are arranged by each individual. Members to stay at the Gloria Hotel at special discounted group rates (single, double, and triple options), or a slightly cheaper option at the German Lutheran Hospice nearby.
Credit program includes shared occupancy hotel accommodations, with breakfast daily and lunch during excavation days.

Cost:

Volunteers (non-credit): $250 per week (discounted to $200 for previous participants or those who stay four weeks).
Credit program: $3,550.00.

Academic program:

Special UNC Charlotte Study Abroad program that runs the first two week session of the dig (June 9-25). Students receive 3 hours credit. Price includes tuition, housing, partial meals, and three days of guided touring with Dr. James Tabor around the country.
For more information and application see website.

Application fee: $10 (nonrefundable)

Application deadline:

Rolling admission
Minimum age: 18

Minimum participation:

Two week minimum stay

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

Contact: Non-credit volunteers: Mareike Grosser  digmountzion@gmail.com
Prospective participants are also encouraged to interact on our Facebook group page (anyone can ask to join): https://www.facebook.com/groups/digmountzion

Website: For more information see website

 
 
HORVAT KUR The Kinneret Regional Project is an international archaeological expedition to the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Its academic goal is to explore the cultural history and material heritage of the region with a special focus on the Bronze- and Iron Age city on Tel Kinrot and the Roman-Byzantine village on Horvat Kur. Excavations in 2016 will continue at Horvat Kur, unearthing the village and synagogue.

Acting Field Directors:

Prof. Dr. Jürgen K. Zangenberg, Dr. Stefan Münger, Dos. Dr. Raimo Hakola and Prof. Dr. Byron McCane

Dates: June 13 - July 8

Accommodation: Karei Deshe Guest House. Fee includes full board and accommodation in air-conditioned rooms (4-5 persons per room). Weekend accommodation and meals are included.

Cost:

Full season: 1300 € students | 2600 € non-students

Academic program:

ECTS credits can be arranged with the Universities of Bern, Helsinki and Leiden. For more information and application see website.

Application fee: N/A

Application deadline:

February 28, 2016
Minimum participation:

Full season

Work hours: Monday-Friday: Excavation - 5:30-12:15;
Pottery washing and lab work - 15:00-17:00

Recreation: Private access to the beach of the Sea of Galilee. Occasional evening lectures (Tuesday & Thursday).
One full day excursion to important sites in the north of the country (included in fee; compulsory for all those who are taking the excavation for ECTS credit). Additional short field trips optional.

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

Contact: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zangenberg j.k.zangenberg@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Website: For more information and application form see Kinneret Regional Project website.
 

MEGIDDO

Megiddo, world-renowned and celebrated, is the jewel in the crown of Biblical archaeology. Strategically perched above the Jezreel Valley, it guards the most important land route in the Ancient Near East - the Via Maris leading from Egypt to Mesopotamia. Megiddo dominated international traffic for over 6000 years, from c.7000 BCE through the Biblical era - and today is considered one of Israel's most significant archaeological sites. As a World Heritage Site, Megiddo's many monuments dating to the times reflected in the Bible offer everyone a special opportunity to view study and enjoy the ancient biblical world.

Directors:

Israel Finkelstein - Tel Aviv University - Director
Matthew J. Adams - W.F Albright Institute of Archaeological Research - Co-Director and Area S Supervisor
Mario A.S. Martin - Tel Aviv University - Co-Director and Area K Supervisor

Dates: June 18 - August 3
Session 1: June 18 - July 7.
Session 2: July 9 - 3 Aug 3.

Pre-season tour: A 5-day pre-season tour (June 11-16) is intended to provide participants with a regional overview of archaeological material in northern Israel. Cost: $1400

Accommodation:

Dorm-style rooms at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmeq. All rooms have private facilities with up to 4 people per room. Every room has air conditioning and a private bathroom.There are typically four people to a room. 

Full room and board during workdays (Sunday-Thursday). Team members enjoy free weekends from Thursday after lunch to Saturday evenings (dinner provided on Saturday nights). Expedition fee includes your room on the kibbutz for the weekends, but meals are NOT provided by the dig.

Cost: Session 1 (3 weeks) - $1650
Session 2 (4 weeks) - $2115
Full Season - $3150
Discounts for returnees and Consortium students.

Academic credit:

Both undergraduate and graduate students can earn 3 or 6 Tel Aviv University credits. Up to two courses - $550

Application deadline:

Full payment due by April 15, 2016.
Work hours: Sun.-Thurs. Daily work on the tel and in the camp begins at 5:00 AM and finishes by 1:00 PM. It resumes in camp at 4:00 PM with the processing of finds, a requirement for all Team Members. Evening lectures.

Recreation: Swimming pool and sports facilites on kibbutz. Weekends at leisure.

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

Contact: Team Member Coordinator Margaret Cohen:
dig.megiddo@gmail.com

Website: For more information and application form see: Megiddo 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. Previous excavations at Tel Burna have revealed Late Bronze and Iron Age II levels, including the fortifications and a series of silos. They provide the first step in a long-term investigation of the site’s history, particularly stressing its location along the Judean-Philistine border.

Director: Dr. Itzhaq Shai, Ariel University

Dates: June 19 - July 15

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

Cost for volunteers:

$450 per week

Registration fee: $50 (non-refundable)

Application and payment deadline:

May 1, 2016
Minimum stay & age:
One week. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/legal guardians.

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, Ariel University
Telephone: 972-54-4700596

Website: For more information and registration forms 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.

Dates:

June 19 - July 15

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: $510 per seven-night week ($460 for returning volunteers); the final week of the dig has five nights and the cost is $360 ($330 for returning volunteers).
The cost for a double room (limited availability) is $1470 per seven-night week ($210 per night) and $1050 for the last five-day 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 for volunteers (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

 
 
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.

Director:

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel, Institute of Archeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dates: June 19 - July 27

Registration: The application process for participation in the excavation must be done directly with the field school. Students may arrange to receive academic credits through the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (and transfer the credits to their home institution). The payment for receiving academic credits should be made directly to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 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).
Fees for academic credits include: application Fee: US$80; 3 academic credits: US$360 (three-week excavation).

Work days: Sunday through Thursday

Minimum age: 18

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.

 

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 19 - July 29. The season is divided into two 3 week sessions: June 19 - July 8; July 10-29. It is possible to apply for either one of the three week sessions or both, but note that 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 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).

Directors:

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

Dates: June 20 - July 15

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, 2016
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.


JAFFA By the Late Bronze Age, Jaffa had become one of the principal ports and garrisons of the Egyptian empire. Archaeological work over the past 60 years has shown that the city continued to be an important administrative and commercial center through the Iron Age until the end of the Ottoman period in the early 20th century.
This summer, volunteers can look forward to excavating the twelfth-century B.C.E. destruction in the Lion Temple area and Persian period buildings.

Directors: Dr. Aaron A. Burke, UCLA
Dr. Martin Peilstöcker, University of Mainz

Dates: June 24 - July 28

Accommodation: Beit Immanuel Hostel, Jaffa

Cost: Non-credit enrollment is intended for participants who do not need formal academic credit. Total costs for non-credit enrolled participants are $4,250, the balance of which must be paid by May 1, 2016.
UCLA Travel Study Program enrollment for academic credit through the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Registration fee: $250 (nonrefundable)

Application deadline:

April 15, 2016.
Recreation: Easy access to Jaffa and Tel Aviv, to roam and explore during your free time.

Minimum participation:

5 weeks

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

Contact: Dr. Jeremy Smoak
415 Portola Plaza, Humanities 378
Los Angeles, California 90095-1511
Phone: (310) 206-7218
smoak@humnet.ucla.edu

Website: For registration details, available fellowships 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.
The 2015 season revealed the monumental fortifications and gate of the Iron Age IIA (10th-9th cent. BCE; time of the early Israelite monarchy) - we will continue exposing these and other exciting remains in the 2016 season!

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

Dates: June 26 - July 22

Accommodation: Kibbutz Revadim. Standard lodgings are 4-6 people per room; double and single rooms available for additional fee.

Cost for volunteers: US$500 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, 2016
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


 
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.

Dates:

June 26 - July 27

Director: Dr. Uzi Leibner. Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Accommodation: The excavation team will be based at Arbel Holiday Homes (right below the site, about 7 km from Tiberias) in wooden cabins with a private bathroom, kitchenette, A/C, TV and a porch.

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 - 1 credit per week (2 week minimum). Academic credits: $120 per credit + $80 application fee.

The application process for participation in the excavation must be done directly with the field school.

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:

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, fortification segments (the bastion), the Roman-Byzantine southern bathhouse and along the west decumanus maximus.

Director: Dr. Michael Eisenberg, University of Haifa

Dates: July 3-28. The first two weeks and the second two weeks are each considered as a single session; preference will be given to those applying for the entire season.

Accommodation: Kibbutz on the shores of the Sea of Galilee 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: €1,270/$1,420
Tuition Fee for 2 Credits: $200
Session A and B (4 weeks) - Cost for full Room and Board: €2,235/$2500
Tuition Fee for 4 Credits: $200.

Registration fee: €200/$220 (nonrefundable) in personal or bank check, or via wire transfer. Fee will be deducted from total cost of participants.

Application deadline:

April 15, 2016. Full payment by May 15.
Work hours: Excavation (Sunday-Thursday): 05:00-12:00, with additional work assignments and lectures in the afternoon and evenings.

Recreation: Each week, lectures will be held and one guided tour to sites in the north of Israel. 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/

 

TEL DOR Tel Dor is a major Canaanite-Phoenician-Hellenistic-Roman port on the Mediterranean coast, located in present day Israel between Tel Aviv and Haifa. The 34th excavation season will for the first time combine 'terrestrial', coastal and underwater excavation as part of one project, linking harbor installations partially already uncovered in previous underwater excavations to the residential and commercial areas on the tel.

Directors: Prof. Ilan Sharon, Hebrew University; Prof. Ayelet Gilboa, University of Haifa, Prof. Assaf Yasur-Landau, University of Haifa.

Dates: July 3-29

Accommodation: Beit Oren Guesthouse, 2-4 persons per room. All rooms have shower/bath and AC.

Cost: Full season: $2950, Half-season: $1750. Special discounts will be given to students (particularly of archaeology and related disciplines), Dor returnees, special skills.
The excavation will also accepts applications for a small number of experienced volunteer divers for underwater excavation and survey.

Registration fee: $100 (nonrefundable)

Work hours: Excavation: 5:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 16:00 - Pottery washing and reading.
Saturday and Sunday free. Weekend field trips at additional cost.

Academic credit: The excavation offers a comprehensive Field School that can be taken for credit (4 credits for 4-weeks participation). Credits are through the International School of the University of Haifa. Instruction takes place during and after fieldwork, on site and in the site museum, through lectures, exercises and handling of artifacts. $200 or equivalent for 4 weeks on top of participation costs.

Recreation: Swimming pool

Minimum participation: Two weeks: First session: July 3 - July 16 or second session: July 17 - July 29

Insurance: Each participant must provide proof of full medical insurance covering all aspects of illness or possible injury.

Contact: Tel Dor Jerusalem office: dorproj@mail.huji.ac.il, +972-(0)2-5881304
U.S. Program Coordinator, Prof. S. Rebecca Martin, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University, srmartin@bu.edu, 617.353.8393

Website: For registration details and application form see http://dorproj.wix.com/dorproj

 

TELL KEISAN Located 9 miles northeast of Haifa, near the ancient border between coastal Phoenicia and the kingdom of Israel, Tell Keisan served as a gateway between the Mediterranean coast and Israelites living inland, and therefore provides a unique perspective on the cultural, religious and economic interactions between Phoenicia and Israel from the era of David and Solomon until the Assyrian conquest in the eighth century B.C.E.

Directors: David Schloen, University of Chicago
Gunnar Lehmann, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Dates: July 3-31

Accommodation: Nearby kibbutz with attractive grounds and a swimming pool, 2–3 per room with bathroom, kitchenette, a/c, and TV.

Cost: $600 per week, including all meals and accommodations

Academic credit: 3 credits; $900/credit hour (est.); awarded by Wake Forest University.

Application deadline:

May 2, 2016.
Minimum participation:

Four weeks

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

Contact: Prof. David Schloen
University of Chicago,
Oriental Institute
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-1382
dschloen@uchicago.edu

Website: For registration details see website
 
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 16 - Aug 11

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 NIS 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:

July 15, 2016

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.

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




ASHDOD-YAM

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. The team will continue the excavations of the Iron Age compound at Ashdod-Yam to find out what happened when the Assyrians crushed Ashdod and expanded the nearby city of Ashdod-Yam.

Dates:

July 25 - August 21

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:

US $ 600 per week

Registration fee (non-refundable):

$50
Application  deadline:

June 15, 2016

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:

4 credits available 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



KURSI BEACH

Located 1 km northwest of Kursi National Park within the Kursi Beach Nature Reserve, it is commonly believed that this was the settlement of Kurshi mentioned in the Talmud, or the “Land of the Gadarenes,” or “Land of the Gergesenes” mentioned in the New Testament as the place where Jesus cast out demons into a herd of pigs (Matthew 8:28:  Mark 5:1: Luke 8:25: Luke 8:27:). A very large harbor was identified and in the 2015 its breakwater was mostly exposed.

Dates:

Nov 1 - Dec 15

Director: Dr. Haim Cohen, University of Haifa Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies and the Hatter Laboratory

Accommodation: Kibbutz Ein Gev on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in air-conditioned rooms, including weekends (3 meals a day, 2-4 per room).

Cost:

US$550 per week. Includes room and board from Sunday morning including weekends, travel to and from the site, field trips (1 per week), lectures, and all dig-related activities. Double/single rooms available for additional fee.

Registration fee (non-refundable):

$100 (non-refundable)
Application  deadline:

0ctober 10, 2016

Minimum age: 16. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents or legal guardian.
The Kursi Beach excavation is handicap friendly.  people with disabilities to join the dig.

Minimum participation:

One week


Work hours: Sunday-Thursday: Field work 7:00-15:30. Pottery wash 18:00-19:00.


Lectures and tours: Tuesday evening guest archeological lecture and a week tour.

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:

Dr. Cohen Haim, University of Haifa. Tel: + 972 505 677994, email: tkbe2015@gmail.com

Website and application forms:

See official website and application forms.




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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