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Previous Projects

Horvat Zagag

ZagagDuring 2005 an unusual project was conducted with the cooperation of the Institute for Galilean Archaeology of the University of Rochester. Financed by the Galileo Fund, a group of high school students from the Arab village of Arabe and students from Megadim high School at Karmiel, joined forces and excavated a small Byzantine monastery, in the center of the city of Karmiel. During the excavations, some rooms of the monastery, its olive-press and its chapel were uncovered. The dig was directed by Dr. Moti Aviam.


 El-Ahwat Excavations at this fortified site located in central Israel and dated to the early Iron Age, exposed architecture influenced by the western Mediterranean 'Nuraghic' style. This project, run and directed by Haifa University and with the cooperation of the University of Cagliari, Sardinia, is aimed at exploring the archaeology and history of the 'Northern (non-Philistine) Sea Peoples - Shardana and Sikulu. These tribes are known from their settlement of the northern coast of Canaan in the 12th century BCE.

Wye River People-to-People Heritage Project

Khan elOmdanThis joint Israeli-Palestinian heritage program, funded by the United States Department of State Wye River People-to-People Program (2001-2005), focused on the preservation of shared heritage and community outreach at the sites of Akko, Beitin (Bethel), and al-Jib (Gibeon). The partners of this four-year project were University of Haifa and the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange in Ramallah. Working in close consultation with the Israel Antiquities Authority, the University of Haifa team' s goals included the documentation of cultural, architectural and oral histories of Akko' s diverse communities - past and present. The project coordinators were Dr. A.E. Killebrew , Prof. M. Weinstein-Evron and Prof. R. Hachlili.


Greek InscriptionThe ruins of Qazyon are located in the eastern Upper Galilee, about one kilometer north of Meroth. Historical information concerning them is scant. The remains of a monumental structure and a lintel with a dedicatory inscription in Greek were documented. In addition to the monumental structure, the ruins include another structure to its west, the remains of possible dwellings and rock-hewn niche graves. The excavation was directed by Prof. R. Hachlili and Dr. A.E. Killebrew.

Raqefet Cave

RaqefetA prehistoric cave on the southern Carmel. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & Dr. G. Lengyel will lead the second season of the renewed excavations at the site. We plan to excavate Natufian burials (11,000 years old) and to unearth small finds, such as flint tools, animal bones and beads.

Tel Akko

Tell AkkoThe first excavations at Tel Akko, one of the largest sites in Israel took place in the 1970' s and 1980' s under the direction of Prof. M. Dothan. Several areas on the tell were excavated with the help of Prof. D. Conrad, Prof. A. Raban and Prof. M. Artzy. Continuous settlement was discerned from the Middle Bronze IIa to the Hellenistic Period. Early Bronze ceramics were found by a survey on the site itself. In the summer of 1999, an educational excavation was carried out in area G, headed by Prof. Michal Artzy and Dr. Ann Killebrew.

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