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The Megiddo Expedition

Location: Megiddo, Israel

June 14, 2014 to July 31, 2014

Session dates: 
Session 1: (3 weeks) = June 14-July 3; Session 2: (4 weeks) = July 5- July 31; Both Sessions (7 weeks) = June 14 - July 31

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Tel Aviv University and The George Washington University

Project Director:

Israel Finkelstein Tel Aviv University (Co-Director); Eric H. Cline, The George Washington University (Co-Director)

Project Description

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 — James Michener’s 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 — and answer to — 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

Megiddo is an archaeologically unparalleled site. Its stormy history covers over six millennia, from the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period in the seventh millennium B.C.E. to the Persian period in the mid-first millennium B.C.E. It is the only site in the Land of the Bible with the remains of thirty cities built one on top of the other. It exhibits an unparalleled number of monuments: fortifications, temples, palaces, water systems, and other public edifices. Here one can literally see, touch, and be inspired by monuments from biblical times. In addition, Megiddo has yielded an exceptional number of rich finds, including inscriptions, statuettes, gold, and ivories.

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 3 weeks

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

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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Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Tel Aviv University
Number of credits offered 3 or 6
see website


Contact Information
Margaret E. Cohen
667 Franklin St.
State College
Recommended Bibliography: 

Finkelstein, I., Ussishkin, D. and Halpern, B., eds., Megiddo IV: The 1998-2002 Seasons, 2006, Tel Aviv
Finkelstein, I. and Silberman, N.A., The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of its Sacred Texts, 2001, New York
Silberman, N.A., Finkelstein, I., Ussishkin, D. and Halpern, B., Digging at Armageddon, Archaeology, 32-39, November/December 1999,
Cline, E.H., The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age, 2000, Ann Arbor
Davies, G.I., Megiddo, 1986, Cambridge