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Hippos (Sussita)

HipposGenKnown as one of the Decapolis cities, Hippos is located on a high mountain not far from the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The Marvelously preserved city was established during the Hellenistic period, flourished throughout the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad periods until finally destroyed during the 749 CE earthquake. Greek and Roman sanctuaries, Roman basilica and bathhouse, Fortifications, city network and Byzantine Churches are among the complexes excavated by the team. The project is headed by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Collapse of the Byzantine Society in the Negev Desert: A Bio-archaeological Project

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The Byzantines of the 4th-7th centuries AD populated the Negev Desert by developing dense urban centers and a productive agricultural hinterland. By the mid-7th century AD some of these settlements were abandoned altogether and others dwindled when much of the former glory of Byzantine occupation in the Negev lay in ruins. Due to the remoteness and arid climate of the desert the preserved ruins of Byzantine towns have remained largely intact for nearly 1,500 years.

The factors which brought about a Byzantine florescence in the Negev and subsequently their collapse remain a mystery to this day and pique the interest of scientists concerned with the vulnerability of complex societies in marginal environments. A 5-years project

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Nesher-Ramle Quarry

Nesher 1In April 2006 the Institute has started a salvage excavation in the site of Nesher quarry. The quarry is located by the city of Ramle, near Tel-Aviv. The excavation is headed by the archaeologist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. It is one of the main on-going salvage excavations in Israel. The main remains at the site are purification pools, wine and olive oil industries, water cisterns, hiding complexes, churches and necropolis. All dated from the Hasmonaean period to the Early Muslim period. Some middle Paleolithic, Chalcolithic and Early Bronze remains have been found as well.


Tel Shikmona

IMG_1272.jpgShikmona (שקמונה, 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. 

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