Tel Kabri

Location: Kabri, Israel

Sunday, June 23, 2013 to Thursday, August 1, 2013

Session dates: 
Split into two three-week sessions: June 23 - July 11 and July 14 - August 1

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Flyer: posterkabri2013.pdf

Program Type

Field school


The George Washington University and the University of Haifa

Project Director:

Eric H. Cline, The George Washington University; Assaf Yasur-Landau, the University of Haifa

Project Description

Located in a quiet rural setting within the western Galilee of Israel, only a ten minute ride from the historical town of Acco, with its Medieval and Ottoman old city, fishing harbor and traditional market, and the modern resort town of Nahariya, the site of Tel Kabri has what may be the earliest-known Western art yet found in the Eastern Mediterranean. Today the Tel and its surroundings are an agricultural land, with lush plantations of bananas and avocados overlying the ancient remains. During excavations conducted at the site from 1986-1993 by Professor Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier and the late Professor Aharon Kempinski, a floor and wall frescoes painted in an Aegean manner‚ probably by Cycladic or Minoan artists‚ were discovered within a building that they identified as a palace. Our preliminary excavations in 2005 indicated that this building, which dates to the Middle Bronze (MB) IIB period during the early second millennium B.C.E., is at least twice as large as previously thought, with much still remaining to be excavated. During the 2008 season of excavations we were able to retrieve data from the entire history of the MB palace, from a pre-palatial period through to final destruction. We also found approximately 45 more fragments of wall plaster, at least some of which appear to be painted, and additional evidence for red paint on one of the plaster floors in the palace. Our 2009 season saw the continued excavation of the palace, with the goal of investigating its life cycle, from humble beginnings to its destruction three centuries later. We were successful in doing so, and in the process found approximately 100 additional pieces of wall and floor plaster, including 60 which were painted. During the 2011 season, we found a previously unknown building, perhaps a temple, located immediately adjacent to the palace.  Work will continue in this building, as well as in the palace and nearby areas, during the 2013 season.

Period(s) of Occupation: Middle Bronze Age

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Three weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
None, although previous experience preferred

Room and Board Arrangements

Tel Kabri is located in northern Israel, a short distance from Acco and Nahariyya; a longer drive from Haifa. We will be staying at the Western Galilee Field School, by Achziv beach just north of the town of Nahariyya. Rooms are air-conditioned; each has a kitchenette including refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi is available, as is the beach and a nearby swimming pool. 
The application form can be downloaded from 

$575 per week ($550 for returnees and consortium members) + $50 non-refundable deposit [Please note that airfare, the credit course, and food and travel on weekends are not included in the above costs.]

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Haifa
Number of credits offered 3
$400 per 3 units


Contact Information
Eric H. Cline
Dept of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 335 Phillips Hall, The George Washington University, 801 22nd St NW
Washington DC
District of Columbia
Recommended Bibliography: 

E.H. Cline and A. Yasur-Landau, “Your Career is in Ruins: How to Start an Excavation in Five Not-So-Easy Steps,” Biblical Archaeology Review32/1 (2006) 34-37, 71. (Link: )
E.H. Cline and A. Yasur-Landau, Poetry in Motion: Canaanite Rulership and Aegean Narrative at Kabri, Aegaeum 28, 157-165, 2007, Liege: Université de Liege. (Link: )
A. Yasur-Landau, E.H. Cline, and G.A. Pierce, Middle Bronze Age Settlement Patterns in the Western Galilee, Israel, Journal of Field Archaeology, 33(1): 59-83, -2008. (Link: )
 E.H. Cline, A. Yasur-Landau, and N. Goshen, “New Fragments of Aegean-Style Painted Plaster from Tel Kabri, Israel,” American Journal of Archaeology115/2: 245-261. (Link:  AJA 2011 article)