Location: Megiddo, Israel
Megiddo guards the most important highway of the ancient world, the Via Maris, which connected Egypt with Mesopotamia, and thus was the scene of many battles that decided the fate of nations and empires. It appears in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament (as Armageddon). In fact, it is the only site in the Levant mentioned in all great records of the Ancient Near East: the Bible on the one hand and Egyptian, Assyrian, and Hittite sources on the other. The city is linked to numerous great figures in world history, among them King Solomon of Israel and King Josiah of Judah, Pharaohs Thutmose III, Shishak, and Necho II of Egypt, and Kings Tiglath-pileser III and Esarhaddon of Assyria. It is the only archaeological site in Israel that served as the backdrop for a world-famous bestseller ‚Äî James Michener‚Äôs The Source. Megiddo has been excavated for over a century, starting on April 1, 1903, and has become the cradle of the archaeology of Israel, the source of ‚Äî and answer to ‚Äî almost every problem related to the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Holy Land. The current excavations by the Megiddo Expedition have been conducted every other summer since 1994, under the auspices of Tel Aviv University and an international Consortium of universities and colleges which now include: The George Washington University, Gettysburg College, Loyola Marymount University, Vanderbilt University, The University of Oklahoma and the Jezreel Valley Regional Project.
Period(s) of Occupation: Early/Middle/Late Bronze and Iron Age
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks
Room and Board Arrangements
Team members will stay in the Megiddo vicinity in Kibbutz accommodations. Every room has air conditioning, private bathroom facilities, a television and a kitchenette with refrigerator. Team members may be housed up to four to a room. All rooms are non-smoking. The expedition provides three meals a day during the work week; on weekends team members can relax on the kibbutz or use it as a base to explore Israel.
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