Tell Keisan Excavations

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Location: , IL

Season: June 29, 2019 to July 27, 2019

Application Deadline: May 31, 2019

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field school, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

University of Chicago

Project Director:
David Schloen, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Chicago

Project Description:

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, in partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is excavating Tell Keisan (Tel Kison) in Israel — a city of the Bronze and Iron Ages located 9 miles northeast of Haifa. In biblical times, this site was occupied by Phoenicians who had close economic and cultural relations with the Israelites and established colonies around the Mediterranean.

We are now accepting applications from people of all ages to join our team at Tell Keisan for four weeks in the summer of 2019, arriving on June 29 and departing on July 27. This site is located in the beautiful Galilee region of northern Israel. Dig participants will learn archaeological methods, attend evening lectures on ancient history and culture, and take guided tours on weekends to explore the country.

Period(s) of Occupation: Iron Age (Phoenician)

Project Size: 50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 4 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: None

Room and Board Arrangements:
We will live at Lohamei HaGeta’ot ("Fighters of the Ghettoes"), a scenic kibbutz located a few miles north of the city of Akko (Acre). It is near the Mediterranean coast on the main coastal highway and is well served by public transportation. We will be housed in a comfortable air-conditioned building with access to the kibbutz’s swimming pool and landscaped grounds. Cost: $2800 for 4 weeks

Academic Credit:
TBA credits offered by University of Chicago. Tuition is TBA.

Contact Information:

David Schloen

1155 East 58th Street




United States

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