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Season: July 12, 2020 to August 6, 2020
Application Deadline: June 1, 2020
Deadline Type: Rolling
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Uri Davidovich, Hebrew University; Dr. Ido Wachtel, Hebrew University; and Roi Sabar, Hebrew University
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. The site that was a major cultural, economic and
political hub for over four millennia is now nestled peacefully in the quiet, green scenery of the
Upper Galilee of Israel, waiting for archaeologists to uncover its treasures.
Join us in the 2020 excavation season at Qedesh in the Galilee! During this season we will expand our investigations of the mega-site of the Early Bronze Age which developed around the main mound, the largest urban center 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.
Important! Credit points for archaeology students are possible via host institutions as well as through the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University.
Period(s) of Occupation: Early Bronze–Ottoman Period
program type - volunteer + academic credit
Project Size: 1-24 participants
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 2 weeks
Minimum Age: 18
Room and Board Arrangements:
The team will be host at the Israel National Trail rooms in Kibbutz Yiron. The rooms are equipped with refrigerator, microwave, toilet and shower. Cost: 300$ per 2 weeks
Credit points for archaeology students are possible via host institutions as well as through the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University.
Institute of Archaeology The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Mt Scopus Campus
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