Location: Hippos, Israel
Season Dates: June 29, 2014 - July 24, 2014
Session Dates: For those seeking credentials the season is divided into two sessions, first and last two weeks.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2014
Affiliation: The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel
Project Director: Dr. Michael Eisenberg
A Classical period excavation on Sussita Mountain. The site is located two km east of the Sea of Galilee. Hippos (Sussita), a city of the Decapolis, was first settled during the Hellenistic period. Remains of monumental structures from the Hellenistic through the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods are well preserved. It is about a 20 minute drive from Tiberias. During the last few seasons of excavations (2000-2013) the team unearthed the remains of Chalcolithic settlement, a Hellenistic temenos, Roman temple, the forum, three Byzantine churches, bath house, an odeion, basilica, Roman fortification system and the main city gate. The next twelve seasons will focus on revealing the southern bathhouse, the forum and basilica, the Northeast church insula and the living quarters.
Hippos is an international project with participants coming from around the world and therefore the official language is English. All lectures and afternoon activities are conducted in English. Each week the team participates in guided tours around the north of Israel, enjoys the Kibbutz swimmng poo, 5 min south of the Sea of Galilee, and other leisure activities. All activities are included in the cost.
Come and help us unearth the mysteries of Hippos lieing beneath the debris of the 749 earthquake.
Period(s) of Occupation: Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad
Project Size: 50+ participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week
Minimum Age: 16
Experience Required: None
Room and Board Arrangements
Air-conditioned rooms n Kibbutz Shaar HaGolan hostels in the Conutry Lodging, just minute away of the Sea of Galilee. Full board (3 meals), two-four persons per room, laundry services, swimmin pool.
Cost: 545 Euro for a full week or ‚1,950 Euro for the entire four weeks season
Name of institution offering credit: The Zinman Institute of Archaeology/University of Haifa
Number of credits offered: 2 credits for two weeks participation, 4 credits for a full, 4 weeks
Tuition: 150 USD for 4 or 2 credits
Dr. Michael Eisenberg
University of Haifa, Zinman Institute of Archaeology
A. Segal, M. Eisenberg, J. Młynarczyk, M. Burdajewicz, M. Schuler, Hippos (Sussita) of the Decapolis: The First Twelve Seasons of Excavations (2000-2011), Volume I, The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Haifa 2013.
Segal, A. and Eisenberg, M., Unearthing Sussita, http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/march-2012/article/unearthing-sussita, Popular Archaeology.
Segal, A., M., Schuler M. and Eisenberg, M., Hippos (Sussita), Eleventh Season of Excavations (July 2010), 2010, Haifa, Israel.
Segal, A., Mlynarczyk, J., Burdajewicz, M., Schuler M. and Eisenberg, M., Hippos (Sussita), Tenth Season of Excavations (July 2009), 2009, Haifa, Israel.
Segal, A., Mlynarczyk, J., Burdajewicz, M., Schuler M. and Eisenberg, M., Hippos (Sussita), Fifth Season of Excavations And Summary of All Five Seasons (2000-2004), 2004, Haifa, Israel
Segal, A., Mlynarczyk, J., Burdajewicz, M., Schuler M. and Eisenberg, M., Hippos (Sussita), Eighth Season of Excavations (July 2007), ISBN 978-965-90418-6-2, 298, 2007, Haifa, Israel
Segal, A., Mlynarczyk, J., Burdajewicz, M., Schuler M. and Eisenberg, M., Hippos (Sussita), Ninth Season of Excavations (June-July 2008), ISBN 978-965-90418-8-6, 252, 2008, Haifa
Segal, A., Mlynarczyk, J., Burdajewicz, M., Schuler M. and Eisenberg, M., Hippos (Sussita), Sixth Season of Excavations (July 2005), ISBN 965-90418-4-5, 264, 2005, Haifa, Israel
Segal, A., and Eisenberg, M., The Spade Hits Sussita, Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2006, vol. 32, 39-51, 78, 2006, Washington D.C.