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2011 Excavation List For Excavation In Israel Just Published
By Stephen Russell 13/01/2011 07:52:00
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2011 Excavation List For Excavation In Israel Just Published

Israel's Foreign Ministry posted a preliminary list of archaeological excavations scheduled for 2011. The ministry updates the posting periodically as new digs are notified to them. For ant one who wants to dig in Israel this is a vital piece of information.

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.


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.


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. All charges listed are in US dollars. Volunteers who require kosher food should inquire in advance. Excavations conducted in or near a city often require volunteers to find their own accommodations.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


(Listed by starting date)
This is a preliminary list. Additional digs will be added as the information becomes available.
Ein Gedi    January 3-27
Khirbet el-Maqatir    May 21 - June 4
Bethsaida    May 22 - June 4; June 12-25
Ashkelon    June 5 - July 15
Zeitah    June 6-30
Kfar HaHoresh    June 6 - July 22
Tel Burna    June 12-30
Khirbet Qeiyafa    June 12 - July 22
Tel Gezer    June 13 - July 15
Wadi Hamam    June 13 - July 15
Tel Hazor    June 19 - July 8; July 10-29
Tel Dor    June 28 - Aug 5
Tell es-Safi/Gath    

July 3-29
Hippos (Sussita)    July 3-30
Ein Qashish    July 31 - Aug 31
Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet    Aug 28 - Sept 23
Mount Zion, Jerusalem    TBA
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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. The expedition is looking forward to combining the site of the Ancient Synagogue of Ein Gedi with the excavations of the Byzantine village. The expedition also intends to continue looking for the magnificent Hasmonean or Herodian palace awaiting discovery somewhere in Ein Gedi.
Director:    Dr. Gideon Hadas, Kibbutz Ein Gedi. The expedition operates under the auspices of the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dates:    Jan 3-27
Accommodation:    Ein Gedi youth hostel, 5 people per room.
Those wishing to set up their own tent will participate in the cost of meals +.
Accommodation can also be arranged at the Ein Gedi Kibbutz Guest House -,
Tel: 972-8-6594222; Fax: 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 normally provided.
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.
Cost:    Youth hostel: $345 room and board per 5-day week (Sunday afternoon 14.00, till Friday morning, 10.00)
Registration fee:    $35 (non-refundable). Returning volunteers exempt.
Minimum participation:    One week
Application deadline:    Dec 1, 2010
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;
Website:    For more information and application form see:
KHIRBET EL-MAQATIR    The location of the city of Ai mentioned in Joshua 7-8 has long been a matter of mystery and controversy. Excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir have uncovered topography, fortifications and pottery that strongly suggest this site as a candidate for the site of the enigmatic city that the Biblical narrative recounts as having been conquered by Joshua’s army.
Directors:    Prof. Bryant G. Wood, University of Toronto, for the Associates for Biblical Research.
Dates:    May 21 - June 4
Accommodation:    Yad Hashmonah
Cost:    $2,299 (no tour, own flight, double occupancy). Partial trips can be priced on an individual basis.
Registration fee:    $200 deposit
Minimum participation:    None
Application  deadline:    April 29, 2011
Insurance:    Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance valid in Israel in advance, and offer proof of doing so.

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
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.
Directors:    Prof. Rami Arav, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Prof. Richard Freund, University of Hartford
Dates:    The excavation is divided into two sessions:
Session 1:  May 22 - June 4   
June 5-11 break due to Shavuot holiday
Session 2:  June 12-25
Accommodation:    Ginosar Inn on Kibbutz Ginosar, on the western coast of the Sea of Galilee
Cost:    From $603 to $1107 per week, according to type of accommodation.
Registration fee:    $200 deposit
Minimum participation:    One week
Application  deadline:    March 12, 2011 for Session 1; March 26, 2011 for Session 2
Work days:    

5:30am - 12:30 pm: Fieldwork
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Lab work and pottery
8:00pm - 9:00pmL 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:    All participants must have health insurance that covers international travel to Israel. Volunteers are encouraged to seek additional traveler's and flight insurance.
Contact:    Bethsaida Excavations Project
University of Nebraska at Omaha
International Studies and Programs
Omaha , NE 68182-0227
Tel. 402/554-4986; 402/554-3108
Fax: 402/554-3681
Website:    For more information and application form see:
ASHKELON    From the Canaanite era (2000-1200 B.C.), Ashkelon is the oldest and largest seaport known in Israel. The current excavations involve both the discovery of new material and the advanced curation of all material excavated since 1985, including the detailed analysis of Iron I pottery, Persian pottery, and Middle Bronze Age pottery alongside the ongoing registration and analysis of new finds.
Co-Directors:    Lawrence E. Stager, Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel, Harvard University;
Daniel Master, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Wheaton College
Dates:    June 5 - July 15
Half season participation is possible but credit is only offered to full season participants
Session 1: June 5-25
Session 2: June 25 - July 15
Accommodation:    Dan Gardens Hotel - rooms shared by four persons.
Cost for volunteers:    

Full season: $2900; half season: $1450
(may be revised)
Includes full room and board seven days a week.
Academic program:    

For Harvard College students, this program counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit. Harvard Summer School courses and credits are accepted toward degrees at most colleges and universities. Students are advised to obtain transfer credit approval from their home institutions before registering.
The cost of the program is $5000, plus a nonrefundable $50 application fee. Minimum age 18.
For more information and application see website.
Application deadline:    April 5, 2011
Work hours:    Sunday-Friday: Excavation - 5:30-1:00;
Pottery washing - 4:30-6:30 except on Fridays.
Minimum stay:    Half season (three weeks)
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.
Website:    For more information and application form seeAshkelon excavation website.
ZEITAH    A strategically located "outlying" town, Zeitah (Hebrew "Zayit") lies in the Beth Guvrin Valley, roughly halfway between the Israelite city of Lachish and Tell es Safi (Philistine Gath).
Work during the 2011 season will focus on Square K20, located on the tell's western summit. Our goal will be to penetrate the previously exposed Hellenistic and Roman deposits in order to reach levels that we can associate with the Assyrian destruction identified in other areas of the site.
Director:    Ron E. Tappy, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Dates:    June 6-30
Accommodation:    Kibbutz Gal-On - hostel-style rooms, A/C.
Cost for volunteers:    Room and board: $1,225 for the full period.
Registration fee:    US $25 (non-refundable). Applied toward the total cost charged to volunteers accepted for the excavation.
Application deadline:    All application materials accompanied by the application fee are due by May 6, 2011. Early application will give you a better chance of securing a spot.
Minimum age:    18
Academic program:    Students are encouraged to arrange for credit through their home institution. (a course syllabus is available upon your request). Alternately, you may elect to receive graduate credit through Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS). Tuition through PTS costs about $500 for three quarter units or $1,000 for six quarter units.
Work hours:    Excavation - 5:00-13:00; pottery washing and scheduled lectures in the afternoon and evening.
Workdays: Monday-Friday.
Minimum stay:    TBA
Recreation:    In past years, the excavation has offered two optional, overnight weekend field trips. Each trip costs an additional $250.
Insurance:    Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance, and offer proof of doing so.
Contact:    Dr. Ron E. Tappy, The Zeitah Excavations, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206-2596
Tel: 412-441-3304 x2126; Fax: 412-486-0776
Website:    For more information and application form see:
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KFAR HAHORESH    Kfar HaHoresh is a Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) site located on the southern bank of Nahal Tzvi, a small wadi issuing into the Jezreel valley from the western flanks of the Nazareth Hills in lower Galilee. The excavated areas at Kfar HaHoresh, now totaling 500 sqm, include at least six distinct architectural levels. Numerous human burials have been documented at Kfar HaHoresh. Based on its location, together with the wide range of unusual architectural and mortuary installations and practices on-site ,as well as the varied nature of the material culture remains and their contextual co-associations, Kfar Hahoresh has been interpreted as a mortuary and cult site, likely serving portions of communities in nearby settlements in the lowlands.

Prof. Nigel Goring-Morris, Department of Prehistory, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University
Dates:    June 6 - July 22
Accommodation:    Participants will share room with two or three other volunteers in a Kibbutz guest house. Food is provided.
Cost:    $500 per week
Registration fee:    $150 (non-refundable) payable by 1 May 2010
Application deadline:    1 May 2010
Minimum participation:    3 weeks
Credit courses:    Students participating in the program can receive academic credits through the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University. This entails additional fee of $120 for 1 academic credit point, each equals 1 week of participation. There is an additional $80 application fee.
Students opting to receive academic credit should state their intent upon registration, and the directions for application to the credit program will be sent by mail, together with confirmation of their acceptance to the dig.
Field program:    

Participants will take part in the excavations and also play an active role in the preliminary analysis of recovered artifacts. Subjects include: excavation, recovery and recording procedures, as well as field consolidation techniques.
Lectures and field trips:    Faculty members will give lectures on the Prehistory and Archaeology of the Near East and various specialist topics. It may be possible to arrange field trips to visit other archaeological sites in the area.
Insurance:    Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

For an application form or answers to your questions concerning participation, contact either:

Ms. Michal Birkenfeld
Department of Prehistory, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91905, Israel.
Tel: 00972-2-5882424
Fax: 00972-2-5825548

Prof. Nigel Goring-Morris, Excavation director
Department of Prehistory, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91905, Israel.
Tel: 00972-2-5882424
Fax: 00972-2-5825548

Regarding academic credit:

Keri Rosenbluh, Coordinator of Summer Programs & Special Academic Programs, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
TEL BURNA    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 and is believed by some scholars to be a candidate for Biblical Libnah, a Canaanite town that was conquered by Joshua who allotted it to the tribe of Judah. Particular attention will be paid to comparing the finds from Tel Burna with Philistine and Judean material culture, and see how they were affected by their proximity to the Philistines.
Director:    Dr. Itzhaq Shai and Dr. Joe Uziel, Institute of Archaeology, Bar Ilan University
Dates:    June 12-30
Accommodation:    Tourist class hotel with all facilities, close to the site.
Cost for volunteers:    $400 per week.
Application deadline:    May 1, 2011
Minimum stay:    One week
Insurance:    Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance, and offer proof of doing so.
Contact:    Itzhaq Shai or
Joe Uziel
Institute of Archaeology
Bar Ilan University
Ramat Gan, Israel, 52900
Telephone: 011-972-544-70-0596, 011-972-526-427-645
Website:    For more information and application form
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TEL GEZER    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. The main goals of the project are to excavate a large horizontal exposure on the south-central part of the tel to excavate a sequence of Iron Age cultural horizons and obtain a obtain a sequence of well-stratified cultural horizons of the Iron Age in order to establish a ceramic database of the Iron Age strata.

Dr. Steven M. Ortiz, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Sam Wolff, Israel Antiquities Authority
Dates:    June 13 - July 15
Accommodation:    Air-conditioned suites at Neve Shalom, full room and board. Each suite sleeps four individuals and has one bathroom.
Cost:    $2125 ($1575 for students of consortium schools)
The price includes room and board, field school and lectures. The price does not include airfare to and from Israel or weekend study tours.
Weekend Field Trip supplement: $600 (includes transportation, entrance fees, guides, etc. for 10 days of touring on the weekends)
Registration fee:    $500 deposit
Academic program and credit:    

The Tel Gezer Excavation Project’s academic program contains three components:
• Evening classroom lectures
• Field School: archaeological practicum and lab
• Weekend study-travel.
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 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:    Weekends field trips at extra cost (Friday p.m.-Sunday) mandatory for those taking academic credit.
Application deadline:    Feb 25, 2011
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. Excursions can be made to local vineyards, the Sorek stalactite caves, the rich archaeological site at Beth Guvrin, the Hubert Humphrey National Park and more.
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.

Dr. Steven M. Ortiz, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary -
Dr. Sam Wolff, Israel Antiquities Authority
Website:    For registration details and application form seewebsite.

Khirbet Wadi Hamam, a Roman-period village, is located in the eastern Lower Galilee above the Wadi Arbel (Hamam) gorge, two kilometers west of the Sea of Galilee. One of the main research objectives of the project is to shed new light on the highly-debated issue of dating “Galilean”-type synagogues.
In an attempt to gain a picture of rural life in Roman Galilee, excavations are also being carried out in residential and industrial areas of the ancient village. Other research objectives are to expand our understanding of decline processes that affected Galilean settlements.

Dr. Uzi Leibner, Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology
Dates:    June 13 - July 15

The expedition will be staying at the Arbel Holiday Homes run by the Konwitz family at Moshav Arbel (a small village 7 km west of Tiberias). Volunteers will be sharing rooms (2-3 people per room) in wooden cabins (2-4 rooms per cabin). Each cabin is equipped with a private bathroom, kitchenette, A/C, TV and a porch. Additional amenities for the use of the volunteers include: a swimming pool, sauna, a recreation room and free WiFi. Volunteers may stay (for an additional fee) in the cabins over the weekends; reservations should be made in advance directly with the Arbel Holiday Homes:
Cost:    $450-$500 per work week (Sun. evening check in through Fri. morning check out).
Minimum participation:    One week
Minimum age:    18
Application deadline:    

1 June 2011
Registration fee:    $50 non-refundable deposit
Work hours:    Arrival at the site and beginning of the excavation at 5:30am. The excavation includes various tasks such as:
Excavating, filling and emptying wheelbarrows and sand bags, sifting of the soil that is removed from the excavation squares in order to locate coins and other small finds, cleaning for a better resolution of the architecture, and before photography, and pottery washing. The work day in the field concludes at 1:30pm.
Recreation:    After lunch, volunteers have free time in accordance with the afternoon activities, which consist of lectures and field trips to nearby sites. Weekends free.
Insurance:    Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact:    Shulamit Miller -
Website:    For more information and application form see:
KHIRBET QEIYAFA    The archaeological site of Khirbet Qeiyafa is located on the hills that border the Elah Valley on the north. This is a key strategic location in the biblical kingdom of Judah, in the main road from Philistia and the Coastal Plain to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron in the hill country. In this area one of the world's most famous battles took place, the battle between David and Goliath.

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel (Hebrew University); Mr. Saar Ganor (Israel Antiquities Authority)
Dates:    June 12 - July 22
Accommodation:    Bet Meir Hostel, 15 minutes drive from Jerusalem and 25 minutes drive to the site. This is an observant Jewish religious village, and driving is forbidden on the Sabbath. The expedition will stay there from Sunday morning to Friday morning. 4 beds in air-conditioned rooms, with adjacent shower/restroom.
Cost:    $350 per week or $2,000 per season to be paid directly to the hostel upon arrival (credit card).
Registration fee:    $50 registration fee, to be sent with the registration form - please make out a check to the Israel Exploration Society.
Credit courses:    3 or 6 academic credits can be obtained from the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The charge is $80 registration fee and $120 per credit. Application form:
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Work hours:    

Sunday: 13:00-20:00
Monday-Thursday: 5.00-13.00
Pottery washing and pottery reading daily 16.30-18.00.
Lectures and trips:    From 18.30 to 19.30 (Monday-Thursday) a lecture illustrated by slides on the archaeology of ancient Israel will be given.
Once a week there will be a tour to nearby archaeological sites, like Tel Jarnuth, Mareshah, Lachish, Gezer, and the Israel Antiquity Authority storage rooms.
Insurance:    Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact:    For registration and academic credit inquiries, please contact Prof. Yosef
Website:    For registration details and application form seewebsite.
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.
In this season the levels of the Israelite and Canaanite period will be explored..

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. Preference will be given to those who apply for the entire 6-week season.
Accommodation:    Kfar HaNassi
Cost:    $1200 per session ($400 per week x 3) or $2200 for those who register for the entire period.
Registration fee:    $75 (of which $50 will be refunded upon arrival at Hazor) by check or money order payable only to: The Israel Exploration Society.
Credit courses:    Students may arrange to receive academic credit (undergraduate or graduate level) through the Rothberg International School. These credit points can be transferred to the student’s home institution. The cost is 80$ 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. On weekends participants may stay at Kfar HaNassi and relax or travel on their own.
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
Website:    For registration details and application form see Hazor website.

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 University of Washington team will continue excavating the impressive and archaeologically-rich Hellenistic and late Persian period buildings on the south side of the Tel (‘Area D4’) - a fascinating complex of large public buildings likely connected with Dor’s focus as a center of coastal Mediterranean trade and industry.

June 28 - August 5, divided into two half seasons: June 28 - July 15; July 17 - August 5
Directors:    Dr. Ilan Sharon, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University; Dr. Ayelet Gilboa, Haifa University
For the University of Washington: Prof. Sarah Culpepper Stroup
Accommodation:    Kfar Galim Youth Village. Student rooms (three to four per room) feature central air conditioning, weekly cleaning service, and large bathrooms.

Full season 2400 Euro/$3500 (or the equivalent); half season 1500 Euro/$2200 (or the equivalent)
Registration deposit:    $100
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.
Lectures:    At 17:00 Monday through Thursday, UW Field School participants attend lectures offered by Israeli, U.S. and international scholars on a variety of topics.
Hebrew University - afternoon lectures on various aspects of the archaeology, history, and specialized scientific studies of the site and the region.
Academic credit:    Through the Hebrew University Rothberg International School, in a program administered by Dr. Bloch-Smith, earn 2 credits for a half-season excavation (July 6-July 24) or 4 credits for excavating the full season. Daily educational activities include instruction in archaeological field methods and theory, the processing and analysis of the material excavated each day. Please contact Dr. Bloch-Smith ( for further details regarding this accredited program.

University of Washington: Students who successfully complete the course requirements of the UW Field School will receive 12 credits from the University of Washington.
Recreation:    The tree-filled campus provides a swimming pool and outdoor sports facilities.
Minimum age:    18
Minimum participation:    Two weeks.
Insurance:    Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Prof Sarah Stroup, Department of Classics, Box 353110 , University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3110; tel. (206) 543-2276; fax (206) 543-2267; E-mail:
Website and application forms:    

- Prof. Bloch-Smith's group, focusing on biblical periods and archaeological method and theory. Members of this group may apply for credits at theUniversity of Haifa Fieldschool or HUJ-Rothberg field school. Please apply here.
- University of Washington Tel Dor Archaeological Program -
- German-speaking group: For information please contact H. Larissa Gerstner at:, phone in Germany: 0761-23068, or go directly toregistration pages in German.
- For individuals applying directly to the Dor office in Jerusalem -
TELL ES-SAFI/GATH    Tell es-Safi, identified as Canaanite and Philistine Gath (home of biblical Goliath!) and Medieval "Blanche Garde," is one of the largest pre-classical sites in the Levant, settled continuously from late Prehistoric through Modern times. Since 1996, excavations at the site have revealed fascinating and groundbreaking finds, including the earliest known siege system in the world, the earliest deciphered Philistine inscription, and extremely rich and well-preserved evidence of various cultures, peoples, and historical events, spanning some six millennia of occupation.
In the upcoming 2011 season, we plan to continue to excavate levels dating to these various phases, with particular emphasis on the Early, Middle, and Late Bronze Ages, and various stages of the Iron Age.
Director:    Prof. Aren Maeir
Dates:    July 3-29
Accommodation:    Kibbutz Revadim. Air-conditioned rooms, 4-6 per room; single and double rooms available at extra charge, subject to availability. If you are interested in staying on the kibbutz for the weekend, an additional payment is required.
Cost for volunteers:    US$400 per week (Sunday afternoon - Friday morning), or US$1550 for entire 4 weeks. Includes room and board (kosher food), including weekends, transportation to and from the site during excavation, and various dig-related activities.
Registration fee:    US$50 (non-refundable).
Application deadline:    May 1, 2011
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).
An academic field school in archaeological science will also be held in conjunction with the excavation. Students interested should contact Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto (
Work hours:    Excavation - 6:00-1:00; afternoon - various excavation related processes (such as pottery reading) and occasional tours and lectures.
Workdays: Sunday afternoon - Friday afternoon.
Minimum age:    16. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/legal guardians.
Minimum stay:    2 weeks
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