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Archaeological Field Summer Schools

Qualified volunteers can participate in archaeological excavations throughout Israel and earn Hebrew University credits. The following field schools are offered in conjunction with the Hebrew University's Institute of Archaeology and are under the responsibility of the specific field school directors.

Participants in designated archaeological field schools may arrange to earn academic credit from the Rothberg International School of the HebrewUniversity. Students opting to earn such credit must complete the application process via the Department for Summer Courses and Special Programs and are required to fulfill the academic requirements of the excavation, as determined by the field school directors.


Please note:

  • The application process for participation in the excavations must be done directly with the field school (for contact details please click on the field school you wish to attend).
  • Participants interested in earning academic credit from the Hebrew University for participation in the field schools must complete an application process through the Rothberg International School.

The following is a list of accredited archaeological field schools for the summer of 2015:

Biblical Hazor

June 19 - July 8, 2016 or July 10 - July 29, 2016

Tel Hazor is the largest biblical tel in the Land of Israel, covering an area of 800 dunams. The site is located in the Hula Valley, about 20 miles north of the Sea of Galilee and Tiberias, near Rosh Pina. Hazor is mentioned several times in the Bible and in ancient Near Eastern sources, references which hint to its important position both in the Israelite (Iron Age) and the Canaanite (Bronze Age) periods.

Tel Abel Beth Maacah

June 19 - July 15, 2016

Abel Beth Maacah is a hitherto unexcavated 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 to the first millennia BCE, as well as from the Classical and Medieval periods.

Tel Lachish

June 19 - July 27, 2016

Tel Lachish is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the Near East. It is mentioned in various historical documents, like Amarna tablets from Late Bronze Age Egypt, Assyrian annals ancient Hebrew letter and the Biblical tradition. It was the second most important city after Jerusalem. In the last 30 years various schools of thought have been developed regarding the relationships between archaeology of the Iron Age in the Southern Levant and the Biblical narrative.

Khirbet El-Eika ( Hellenistic Galilee)

June 26 - July 27, 2016

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 (4th – 2nd 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 or the ethnic identity of the local population. Our excavation is meant to shed light on these matters.


Summer Session: August 23 - September 11, 2015
Winter Session: January 21- February 19, 2016

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