The Hebrew University Expedition to Qedesh in the Galilee

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Location: Kedesh, Israel

Season: July 11, 2021 to August 5, 2021

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

Deadline Type: Rolling


Program Type:
Field School, Volunteer

RPA Certified:

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Project Director:
Dr. Uri Davidovich, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Dr. Ido Wachtel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Project Description:

Tel Qedesh is one of the largest biblical mounds in northern Israel. First settled as early as the Chalcolithic period, the site reached its peak during the Early Bronze Age, when an enormous site (ca. 60 hectares), extending well beyond the main mound, emerged during this crucial phase of early Levantine urbanism. A Canaanite city continued to thrive on the mound during the second millennium BCE, to be followed by an important Israelite center during the Iron Age II, known as one of the Refuge and Levite Cities (Joshua 20:7; 21:32). Following its conquest by the Assyrian King Tiglath Pileser III in 732 BCE (2 Kings 15:29), it re-emerged as a Phoenician administrative center during the Persian and Hellenistic periods, and later as an important pagan town on the boundary between Tyre and Jewish Galilee during the Second Temple period (BJ 3:35-40). A rural cultic center, housing two temples and numerous mausolea (elaborate burial monuments), developed here in the Late Roman period, and an important market town is attested during the Early Islamic period. In the more recent past, the mound was occupied by a small Shi’ite village by the name of Qadas. The site that was a major cultural, economic and political hub for millennia is now nestled peacefully in the quiet, green scenery of the Upper Galilee of Israel, waiting for archaeologists to uncover its treasures.

The 2021 season will take place between July 11 and August 5. This season we will expand our investigations of the mega-site of the Early Bronze Age which developed around the main mound, the largest urbanized settlement in northern Canaan at that time, focusing on the site’s fortifications and domestic quarters. In addition, we will begin a new historical archaeology project concentrating in the remains of the Arab village of Qadas, which was occupying the upper mound during the last centuries.

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Period(s) of Occupation: Early Bronze Age – British Mandate (20th Century CE)

Program type: volunteering+ optional academic credit based on field school program

Project Size: 25-49 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks

Minimum Age: 18

Experience Required: none

Room and Board Arrangements:
The team will be based in Kibbutz Malkiya, 5 minutes ride form the site. Excavations fee is 150$ per week, and covers all expenses related to accommodation, food and transportation to/from the site.

Academic Credit:
Gaining academic credit points is possible via your home institute or from the Hebrew University (HU), based on our field school program and the sponsorship of HU Rothberg International School. One week of participation in the excavation and field school (which includes excavation duties, lectures and afternoon field trips) earns you 1 credit point. Gaining credit through the Rothberg School has an additional fee on top of that of our expedition, which is 80$ registration and 120$ per credit point, to be paid after the dig directly to the Rothberg School. More info can be found in this link:

Contact Information:

Uri Davidovich

Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt Scopus Campus




Phone: +972546604676

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