Hippos-Sussita of the Decapolis Excavation Project

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Location: Hippos, IL

Season: June 28, 2020 to July 23, 2020

Session Dates: The season is of four weeks, two sessions of two weeks each.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2020

Deadline Type: Rolling


Discount for AIA members: 10% (until January 31st 2020)

Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Israel

Project Director:
Dr. Michael Eisenberg, The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa Co-director - Arleta Kowalewska, 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. The next seasons will focus on revealing the Roman sanctuary with its monumental gate, bathhouse and a theater at the saddle-ridge (where the famous Pan mask was recently discovered and nominated as one of the most unique finds of 2015), segments of the decumanus maximus, a burnt Byzantine church and a Roman period mausoleum.

During 2019 season the ‘Burnt Church‘ was almost fully exposed with its colorful mosaic carpet. This season we shall continue exposing this Byzantine church along with the Roman theatre and a mausoleum.

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: Two weeks - a session

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.

Academic Credit:
2-4 credits offered by University of Haifa. Tuition is $200 for 2/4.

Contact Information:

Dr. Michael Eisenberg

University of Haifa




Phone: 97248249392

Fax: 97248249876

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