Resources for Schools - Digs

Resources for Schools - Digs

Digs

Click here for a comprehensive list of current archaeological digs in Israel.

Here are a few interesting ones:

Tel Azekah 

Geographic LocationJudean shephelah (lowlands), 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem
Periods of occupationBronze Age to Roman period
Dig DirectorsProf. Oded Lipschits, Tel Aviv University
Prof. Manfred Oeming, University of Heidelberg, Germany  
Dr. Yuval Gadot, Tel Aviv University
Brief Description

Macquarie University is working in collaboration with Tel Aviv University and the University of Heidelberg at Tel Azekah. An ancient Biblical stronghold overlooking the magnificent Valley of Elah, where tradition holds that David battled with Goliath,  Azekah was an important border fortress and regional center that flourished due to its strategic location along one of the main routes leading from the coast to Jerusalem.

Website
https://azekah.org

https://www.facebook.com/LautenschlaegerAzekahExpedition

Tel Akko

Geographic LocationAkko. Northern coast.
Periods of occupationEarly Bronze, Middle Bronze, Late Bronze, Iron Age, Persian and Hellenistic Periods, with a current focus on Iron II and Persian.
Dig DirectorsA/Prof. Ann E. Killebrew, Pennsylvania State University
Prof. Michal Artzy, University of Haifa
Dr. Michael Sugerman, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Brief DescriptionLocated on the Mediterranean Sea at the only natural harbor in the region, Bronze and Iron Age Akko appears in ancient Egyptian, Ugaritic, Assyrian, Greek and Biblical documents as a major trade emporium. Tel Akko is a 22 hectare mound located on the edge of the modern city of Akko. Excavations have uncovered remains of Canaanite, Sea Peoples, Phoenician, Assyrian, Persian and Greek culture. The project combines excavation, survey, geographic information systems (GIS), conservation, heritage studies and public archaeology.
Websitehttp://people.umass.edu/sugerman/Akko/Akko_Home.html

https://www.facebook.com/TelAkkoProject/

Abel Beth Maacah

Geographic LocationNorthern Israel
Periods of OccupationBronze Age, Iron Age, Medieval through Modern times
Dig DirectorsA/Prof. Robert A. Mullins, Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Nava Panitz-Cohen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Brief DescriptionLocated at the meeting point of Israel, Phoenicia and Syria and strategically positioned between Dan and Hazor, the northern site of Abel Beth Maacah is possibly the capital of the Aramean kingdom of Maacah (Joshua 12:5; 2 Samuel 10:6, 8). The excavation at this cultural crossroads will expose more than the Biblical past; scholars hope to examine cultural exchange and urban interaction during the second and first millennia B.C.E.
Websitehttp://www.abel-beth-maacah.org

Ein Gedi

Geographic LocationAt the foot of the Judean Mountains, on the western shore of the Dead Sea, between the nature reserves of Nahal David and Nahal Arugoth.
Periods of OccupationBronze Age, First Temple period, Second Temple period, Byzantine
Dig DirectorsDr. Gideon Hadas, Israel Exploration Society
Brief DescriptionThe Jewish settlement in Ein Gedi began at the end of the First Temple Period in the 7th century BCE, and ended in the 6th century CE. That is to say, in the Ein Gedi Oasis Jewish settlement existed continuously for about a thousand years. Ein Gedi village is the only Jewish settlement from the 6th century that has been excavated on the shore of the Dead Sea.
Websitehttps://sites.google.com/site/eingediexcavations/home

Horvat Kur

Geographic LocationNorthwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee
Periods of OccupationBronze Age, Iron Age, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine
Dig DirectorsProf. Jürgen K. Zangenberg, University of Leiden (The Netherlands)
Dr. Stefan Münger, Bern University (Switzerland)
Dr. Raimo Hakola University of Helsinki (Finland)
Prof. Byron McCane, Wofford College (Spartanburg/SC, USA)
Brief DescriptionThe goal is to explore the cultural history and material heritage of the region with a special focus on the Bronze and Iron Age city on Tel Kinrot and the Roman-Byzantine village on Horvat Kur. The project investigates living conditions and cultural influences on a region that formed the spacial context for the early Jesus movement and early Christianity as well as for local Jewish communities during the Roman and Byzantine periods.
Websitehttp://kinneret-excavations.org/?page_id=30

https://www.facebook.com/Horvat.Kur/

Manot Cave

Geographic LocationWestern Galilee
Periods of OccupationMiddle - Upper Paleolithic (circa 55,000 years ago)
Dig DirectorsProf. Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Ofer Marder, Ben Gurion University
Dr. Omry Barzilay, Israel Antiquities Authority
Brief DescriptionManot Cave is a unique site, combining an active stalactite cave with depositions of human occupation. Most of the finds date to the period in which modern humans and Neanderthals lived in the Levant and the identity of the humans who lived in the cave is still to be determined. The excavation hopes to explore questions surrounding the spread of modern humans from Africa into Europe through the Levant.
Websitehttps://www.facebook.com/manotcaveproject
Additional Resources
  • An excellent list of current digs is available at:

Biblical Archaeology Society - Bringing the ancient world to life, Find a Dig,

http://digs.bib-arch.org/

  • The Israel Antiquities Authority maintains a list of its active excavations:

http://www.antiquities.org.il/active_digs_eng.aspx?

  • The Archaeological Survey of Israel

Contains maps of every archaeological site in Israel. Published by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

http://www.antiquities.org.il/survey/new/default_en.aspx

  • Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs record of archaeological excavations for 2016

The list and details of each dig are available here:

http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/IsraelExperience/History/Pages/Archaeological-Excavations-in-Israel-2016.aspx

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