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Archaeological Field Schools

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Spend your summer participating in important archaeological excavations throughout Israel, and earn credit from the Rothberg International School at Hebrew University – the best university in Israel.

  • Earn academic credit for any of our archaeological field schools.
  • Choose from archaeological digs from a variety of different periods in Israel’s history.
  • Experience the land of the Bible through travel and tours.
  • Take part in lectures and seminars provided by leading archaeologists from Hebrew University.

Options

You can choose to participate in an excavation for the field experience only, or you can decide to also earn credit from HebrewU during your participation. The process differs according to your choice.

Participation Only

You’ll apply directly to the specific archaeological field school you’d like to join. Please select your field school of interest from the list below for more information.

Participation & Academic Credit

In order to earn academic credit for your participation in the archaeological field school, you’ll complete a three-step process:

  • Apply directly to the specific archaeological field school you’d like to join. Please select your field school of interest from the list below for more information.
  • Fulfill the academic requirements of the excavation as determined by the director of your archaeological field school.
  • Once you have finished the field school and submitted a research paper, you need to submit an application to HebrewU’s Rothberg International School (RIS).

Archaeological Field Schools (2017)

Biblical Tel Hazor

Tel Hazor is the largest Biblical-era dig site in Israel. It is located in the Hula Valley, about twenty miles north of the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias, near Rosh Pina. Hazor is mentioned several times in the Bible and in ancient Near East sources, indicating its important position in both the Israelite (Iron Age) and the Canaanite (Bronze Age) periods.

Tel Abel Beth Maacah

Tel Abel Beth Maacah is a major site (mostly unexcavated) in the Upper Galilee at the northern end of the Huleh Valley, just west of Dan. This is the ancient juncture of Aram, Israel, and Phoenicia. The site contains remains from the third to the first millennia BCE as well as from the Classical and medieval periods.

Tel Lachish

Tel Lachish is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the Near East. It is mentioned in various historical documents, including Amarna tablets from Late Bronze Age Egypt, Assyrian annals, ancient Hebrew letters, and Biblical texts. It was known as the second-most important city after Jerusalem. In the last thirty years, various schools of thought have been developed regarding the relationships between the archaeology of the Iron Age in the Southern Levant and the Biblical narrative.

Khirbet El-Eika (Hellenistic Galilee)

Khirbet El-Eika is situated on a high isolated mountain overlooking the Arbel Valley and the Sea of Galilee, right above an ancient route that crossed the Lower Galilee from east to west. The site contains remains from the Hellenistic period (fourth to second centuries BCE). Our knowledge about the Galilee during this period is extremely limited, and much remains unclear about key matters such as the material culture, the settlement patterns, and the ethnic identity of the local population. Our excavation is meant to shed light on these matters.

Tiberias

The Tiberias excavations are located in the heart of the ancient city of Tiberias. Tiberias was founded in 19 CE by King Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great, as the new capital of his kingdom.

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