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Biblical Division

Tel Esur Community Excavation

Esur Tel Esur is located 8 miles east of Caesarea, on the entrance to the important Wadi 'Ara pass. This is the largest community excavation in Israel, and our main goal is to expose the local population to the heritage of the region they live in. Our volunteers come from several schools, with religious and non-religious backgrounds, Jewish and Muslim alike. Since 2010 more than 2000 youths and adult volunteers have participated in the dig, directed by Dr. Shay Bar. The main finds include a Middle Bronze Age IIa fortification system; a Late Bronze Age destruction phase; and an 8th Century BCE administrative building. The dates of the dig are September-October annually.

Tel Dor

Tel DorTel Dor is one of the major biblical-classical tells in Israel, located on the Mediterranean coast. The site was occupied from the Bronze Age through the Roman Period. The international consortium, headed by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Hebrew University), is focusing on East-West cultural interactions throughout these periods.

The Manasseh Hill Country Survey

Menashe HillOver more than 36 years Prof. Adam Zertal and his team have been conducting a thorough survey of the Manasseh Hills region. The fifth volume of the survey's publications has just been published.

Tel Shikmona

IMG_1272.jpgShikmona (Tel a-Samakh, Šiqmônah) is an archaeological site located on the shores of the city of Haifa. The remains of a first settlement here were exposed on a small archaeological tel that meets at the seashore. The lower layers of the tel are of the Late Bronze Age (16th century BCE) and the upper ones belong to the Byzantine period (5th-6th centuries CE). Shikmona flourished during the Roman period and the settlement, spread out beyond the borderlines of the small tel. In 2010 the Shikmona Archaeological Project was launched under the direction of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  and funded by the Hecht Foundation. Excavation on the tel under the direction of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  were conducted with the aim of studying the stratification of the tel and creating a precise chronological framework. 

The Fazael Valley Protohistoric Regional Project

FazaelSince 2007 Dr. Shay Bar has been heading excavations and surveys in the Fazael Valley in the Jordan Rift Valley, some 20 km north of Jericho. As part of this project, excavations have been carried out in Chalcolithic (Fazael 1, 2, 5, and 7) and Early Bronze Age I (Sheikh Diab 2 and Fazael 4) sites in the valley. Two books have been recently published: Yogevim Ve Nokdim I: Reports on Archaeological Excavations in the Jordan Rift Valley and the Desert fringes of Samaria (2006-2011), Haifa: Seker (2013); and The Dawn of the Bronze Age, Leiden and Boston: Brill (2014).

The Jordan Rift Valley and Eastern Samaria Intermediate Period Regional Project

JordanRift 2A new regional study of the Intermediate Bronze Age (EB IV; MB I) in the Jordan Rift Valley and Eastern Samaria is been directed by Dr. Shay Bar. Within the scope of this project, excavations have been carried out in two unique sites: Khirbet el-Meiyiteh – the first fortified site from this period in Israel, discovered in Wadi Malih; and Elevation Point -167 – an enclosures village in Wadi Ahmar. 

The Jezreel Expedition

Jezreel 2Located midway between Megiddo and Bet Shean in the Jezreel Valley, Jezreel comprises a biblical-era tel, a newly-identified lower site, and a perennial spring that ensured near-continuous occupation from prehistory to the modern era. In 2012, the Jezreel Expedition team directed by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. commissioned a LiDAR (light detection and ranging) aerial laser scan of greater Jezreel – the first archaeological project in Israel to utilize this technology – and conducted a preliminary survey that identified more than 350 archaeological features on the landscape. Excavations in 2013 and 2014 brought to light an Early Bronze Age settlement; Middle Bronze Age necropolis; biblical-era winery installation; Roman and medieval roads; and much more.

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