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Tiberias Archaeological Field School


  • Help uncover more about Tiberias, the city founded in 19 CE by King Herod Antipas, the son of Herod the Great.
  • Work just across the street from the beautiful Sea of Galilee.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the tools and methods of field archaeology.
  • Tour nearby sites of archaeological and historical interest.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the field.

The Tiberias excavations are in the heart of the ancient city of Tiberias, near the beautiful Sea of Galilee. Previously excavated structures at this location include a bathhouse complex, a basilical building, a large colonnaded structure, and remains that archaeologists believe are the foundations of the Emperor Hadrian’s temple.

This study focuses on the colonnaded structure. We aim to better understand the layout and phases to determine its usage and character. Special finds from previous seasons include a mosaic floor, a large water cistern, Arabic inscriptions, oil lamps, figurines, and coins.

Course Components 

  • Archaeological field work: excavating, sifting, washing and reading pottery, and registering finds
  • Field trips to nearby sites
  • Lectures on research relevant to the excavation

Visit the Tiberias Excavation Project Facebook page for more details.

If you would like to take this course for academic credit (optional), you will pay a tuition fee of US$ 480 plus an US$ 100 application fee to Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School. Please refer to the Tiberias Facebook page for further information about costs.

This course is open to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as to mature learners with an academic background. You must be currently registered at or have been accepted to a recognized college or university or have successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited institution of higher education. English-language fluency is also required.


You can choose to participate in the excavation for the field experience only, or you can decide to also earn credit from Hebrew University during your participation (and transfer the credits to your home institution). The application process differs according to your choice.

Participation Only

You’ll apply directly to the Tiberias Field School. Please see the Tiberias excavation website for details on how to apply.

Participation & Academic Credit

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

  • Apply directly to the Tiberias field school. Please see the Tiberias Facebook page or email the dig director for details on how to apply.
  • Attend the excavation and fulfill the academic requirements as determined by the director of your archaeological field school.
  • Once you have finished the field school and submitted a research paper, submit an application to HebrewU’s Rothberg International School (RIS) and pay the US$ 100 application fee and the US$ 120 per credit tuition fee.


We’re happy to answer any questions you might have about the Tiberias dig, and you can learn more about the program by visiting the Tiberias Facebook page.

Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman
Institute of Archaeology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus
91905 Jerusalem, Israel

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Fast Facts


Tiberias Excavation

Teaching Faculty:

Field School Director: Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman

Language of Instruction:



1-4 (1 credit per week)

Course Dates:

February 13 – March 10, 2023


Undergraduate and graduate students; mature learners with an academic background


Academic credit (optional): US$ 120 per academic credit
Participation & housing fee: See dig Facebook Page 

Relevant Academic Fields:

Archaeology, ancient history, antiquities

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