Hippos-Sussita of the Decapolis Excavation Project

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Location: Hippos, IL

Season: July 3, 2022 to July 21, 2022

Session Dates: The season is of three weeks.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2022

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel

Project Director:
Co-Director - Dr. Arleta Kowalewska, The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa Co-Director - Dr. Michael Eisenberg, The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa

Project Description:

A Classical period excavation on Sussita Mountain overlooking 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 seasons of excavations the team unearthed the Hellenistic temenos, Roman temple, the forum and city center, four Byzantine churches, the northeast insula, Roman bathhouse, an odeion, basilica, Roman fortification system and the main city gate. During last years we focused on revealing the Roman-period Saddle Compound with its monumental gate, bathhouse and a theater, segments of the decumanus maximus, The cathedral, the Martyrion of Theodoros (aka the Burnt Church) and Roman-period funerary architecture in the Saddle Necropolis.

During 2022 season the we shall continue exploring the ‘Burnt Church‘ with its colorful mosaic carpet, a cardo intersecting with the decumanus maximus and the continue exploring Roman theatre.

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. All activities, including weekends in the Kibbutz and tours, are included in the costs.

Come and help us unearth the mysteries of Hippos hidden beneath the debris of the 749 earthquake.

Period(s) of Occupation: Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad

The expedition does not save on costs of food, afternoon lectures, tours and leisure time. We acknowledge the financial affords by the participants and try to do our best in that regard, without any extra costs during the season.

Project Size: 25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: One week

Minimum Age: 16

Experience Required: Non

Room and Board Arrangements:
Well maintained air-conditioned rooms, about 2-3 per room. In Kibbutz Ein-Gev on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Full lodging with three meals a day. Price includes weekends lodging as well. Cost: $1400 for one session (two weeks)/$2500 for two sessions (four weeks). 10% discount on the total sum for those registering and paying the registration fee or full participation fee until the 31st of January 2019.

Contact Information:

Dr. Arleta Kowalewska

University of Haifa




Phone: +972-544913042

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