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The Tel Bet Yerah Archaeological Project, Israel

Location: Tel Bet Yerah , Israel

June 30, 2013 to August 2, 2013

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Monday, July 1, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Exact date

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Institute for Field Research, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, University College London, Connecticut College

Project Director:

Prof. Rafi Greenberg, Tel Aviv University, Dr. Sarit Paz, Hebrew University, Prof. David Wengrow, University College London

Project Description

Tel Bet Yerah (Khirbet Kerak) is a large mound situated on the Sea of Galilee, at the outlet of the River Jordan in Israel. Occupied throughout the Early Bronze Age and sporadically in later times, Bet Yerah was a fortified city at the beginning of the third millennium B.C.E.. It had contact with the First Dynasty kings of Egypt and was later home to a unique ceramic tradition: Khirbet Kerak Ware, with roots in the South Caucasus. In 2013, students and volunteers will continue to investigate the monumental Circles Building (granary), excavating a nearby plaza and houses dating to 3000 - 2800 B.C.E.

Period(s) of Occupation: Bronze Age, Early Bronze Age

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Entire duration of field school

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No prior experience required

Room and Board Arrangements

The entire excavation team (staff and students) will be housed in comfortable hostel-style accommodation at Kibbutz Sha’ar Hagolan, which is situated about 3 km (1.8 m) south of the mound.   There will be 2-4 persons per room with shared amenities.
Field school costs include full room and board (except for weekends, which include room only), free laundry, wi-fi, and use of swimming pool. There is a small supermarket and souvenir shop, and staff can assist with weekend arrangements (bus schedules, taxi, car rental etc.).
Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly. The project is used to catering for vegetarians, those with gluten intolerance etc.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units


Contact Information
Ran Boytner
1855 Industrial Street Unit 106
Los Angeles
United States
Recommended Bibliography: 

R. Greenberg, S. Paz, D. Wengrow and M. Iserlis."Tel Bet Yerah: Hub of the Early Bronze Age Levant." Near Eastern Archaeology 75/2 (2012): 88–107.

R. Greenberg, E. Eisenberg, S. Paz and Y. Paz. Bet Yerah. The Early Bronze Age Mound: Excavation Reports, 1933 – 1986. IAA Reports 30. Jerusalem (2006).  Chapter 1: History of Investigations and Excavations at Tel Bet Yerah (pp. 1–16).  Chapter 3: Area SA: The Stekelis-Avi-Yonah Excavations (Circles Building), 1945–1946 (pp. 53–103).

R. Greenberg. Tel  Bet Yerah—2003. Hadashot Arkheologiyot: Excavations and Surveys in Israel 117 (2005).

R. Greenberg, D. Wengrow and S. Paz. "Cosmetic Connections? An Egyptian Relief Carving from Early Bronze Age Tel Bet Yerah (Israel)." Antiquity (Project Gallery) Issue 324, Vol 84 (2010).

R. Greenberg and S. Paz. Tel Bet Yerah 2007, 2009: Preliminary Report. Hadashot Arkheologiyot: Excavations and Surveys in Israel 122 (2010)

Greenberg, R. 2007. "Transcaucasian Colors: Khirbet Kerak Ware at Khirbet Kerak (Tel Bet Yerah)." In B. Lyonnet ed. Les cultures anciennes des pays du Caucase (6ème-3ème millénaire). Paris. Pp. 257–268.

Greenberg, R. 2008. "Beth Yerah: Renewed Excavations and Research." In: Stern, E. el. al. (Eds.). The New Encyclopedia of Archaeological Excavations in the Holy Land 5: Supplementary Volume. Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society. Pp. 1650–1651.

Greenberg, R. and Goren, Y. eds. 2009. Transcaucasian Migrants and the Khirbet Kerak Culture in the Third Millennium BCE. Tel Aviv Vol. 36/2.