Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2010

Archaeological Excavations in Israel 2010

Photo: Mariana Saltzberger , Israel Antiquities Authority


This list of archaeological expeditions which accept volunteers is compiled by the Israel Foreign Ministry as a service to the public. The excavation details below been published by the archaeologists in charge of the individual expeditions, who bear responsibility for their contents.

NOTE: Any questions, comments or requests for additional information must be directed to the contact person indicated for each project, and not to the Israel Foreign Ministry.


Many archaeologists enlist volunteer help on their digs, as volunteers are highly motivated and wish to learn and gain experience, although the work is often difficult and tedious. Usually, no previous experience is necessary. The work includes digging, shovelling, hauling baskets of earth and sherds, cleaning pottery sherds and more. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Israel.


Accommodations for volunteers can range from sleeping bags in the field, to rooms in hostels or kibbutzim, to 3-star hotels near a site. Each expedition has its own accommodation arrangements.

There is usually a charge for food and lodging, although on some excavations these are free. All charges listed are in US dollars. Volunteers who require kosher food should inquire in advance. Excavations conducted in or near a city often require volunteers to find their own accommodations.


Volunteers should have comfortable, sturdy clothes for heavy work. Sunhats are absolutely compulsory in summer; warm clothing is suggested for summer evenings as the weather can be cool. Winters are wet and cold; warm clothes and water-proof boots are necessary.

Equipment that may be useful - depending on the conditions at the site and the type of accommodation available - includes work-gloves, sleeping bag, canteen, towels and sunscreen lotion.


The work schedule at an excavation is organized according to the conditions at the site. A day on an average dig begins before dawn and ends after noon. There is normally a rest period after lunch. The afternoons and early evenings may be devoted to lectures, additional excavation work, cleaning and sorting of pottery and other finds, or they may be free.


Some expeditions offer credit courses from sponsoring institutions. Details concering subjects, conditions and cost may be obtained by contacting the expedition director.


Most expedition directors (or other staff members) offer informal lectures covering the history and archaeology of the site and discussion of the type of work involved. Volunteers should feel free to request information regarding an excavation in order to be able to appreciate all aspects of the work.


Recreational facilities (swimming pools, beaches and sporting grounds) may be available, depending on the location of the site. Most expeditions organize sightseeing and field trips to sites in the area and to neighboring museums.


In most cases, volunteers must arrange for medical and accident insurance in advance. Even in instances when accident insurance is provided, it is strongly advised that volunteers come fully insured as the insurance offered is minimal.


When applying to the director of an excavation you should indicate any previous studies you may have in archaeology or related fields, such as anthropology, architecture, geography, surveying, graphic arts; or experience in excavation work, pottery restoration or photography.

For registration, please contact the persons listed in the individual entries. Please note that a registration fee is often required.

Note: Israel Ministry of Interior regulations require that passports of all volunteers (other than Israeli) be stamped with a volunteer visa (B4). This request should be made by the volunteer at the point of entry into Israel.


(Listed by starting date)

This is a preliminary list. Additional digs will be added as the information becomes available.

There will be no field excavations at Tel Gezer in 2010. The next excavations will take place June 13 - July 15, 2011.
The next excavations at Mount Zion will take place in June/July 2011.

Ein Gedi January 3-27 2011
Omrit May 22 - June 22
Bethsaida May 23 - June 5; June 6 - June 19
Zeitah June 6-30
Ashkelon June 6 - July 16
Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet July 11 - August 5
Megiddo June 12 - July 29
Wadi Hamam June 13 - July 16
Tel Rehov June 15 - July 16
Tel Hazor June 20 - July 9; July 11-30
Khirbet Qeiyafa June 20 - July 30
Hippos (Sussita) July 4-31
Tell es-Safi/Gath

July 4-30

Tel Dor July 5 - August 12
Kfar HaHoresh August 8 - Sept 3
Ramat Rahel August 15-28
Tiberias Oct 3-29


EIN GEDI Ein Gedi is an oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, more then 400 m. below sea level. Fresh water springs flow there and have made permanent settlement that lived on irrigation agriculture. The expedition is looking forward to combining the site of the Ancient Synagogue of Ein Gedi with the excavations of the Byzantine village. The expedition also intends to continue looking for the magnificent Hasmonean or Herodian palace awaiting discovery somewhere in Ein Gedi.
Director: Dr. Gideon Hadas, Kibbutz Ein Gedi. The expedition operates under the auspices of the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 
Dates: Jan 3-27 2011
Accommodation: Ein Gedi youth hostel, 5 people per room.
Those wishing to set up their own tent will participate in the cost of meals +.
Accommodation can also be arranged at the Ein Gedi Kibbutz Guest House -,
Tel: 972-8-6594222; Fax: 972-8-6584328
The Kibbutz Guest House is some distance from the excavation site and from the evening activities in the youth hostel. Transport is not normally provided.
Work hours: Fieldwork is conducted from Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Evening lectures and slide shows about the history and archaeology of the area.
Cost: Youth hostel: $345 room and board per 5-day week (Sunday afternoon 14.00, till Friday morning, 10.00)
Registration fee: $35 (non-refundable). Returning volunteers exempt.
Minimum participation: One week
Application deadline: Dec 1, 2010
Recreation: Touring in Ein Gedi nature reserve, swimming in the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi hot spring spa.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: Dr. Gideon Hadas, Fax 972-8-6584384; E-mail:
Website: For more information and application form see:
OMRIT Located in the northeast Huleh Valley at the base of Mount Hermon, Omrit was discovered when a 1998 fire in the northeastern Galilee revealed an ancient building complex not far from Kiryat Shmona. Excavations revealed two successive temples on the same spot as well as an imperial public building which may be the temple Herod erected in honor of the Roman emperor Augustus in the area of Banias. Omrit is one of the few examples of Roman imperial presence and rule in Israel, untouched, and virtually intact.
Directors: Prof. J. Andrew Overman from Macalester College, St. Paul, USA
Dates: May 22 - June 22
Accommodation: Kibbutz Kfar Szold, hotel-style rooms with air conditioning and kitchenettes.
Cost: $3000 (payable in two installments) and a deposit of $1500 is due by Feb 15, 2010.
Application deadline: Feb 15, 2010
Work hours: Excavation - 5:00-12:00; pottery washing and reading - 13:30-18:00. Lecture - 20:00.
Workdays: Monday-Saturday morning.
Recreation: Swimming pool, basketball courts, and an on site night club. Horse riding. During the weekends, the excavators can go on various trips around the region. A weekend in Jerusalem is tentatively planned for one weekend during the stay.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance, and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: Andy Overman, Dept. of Classics, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105; Fax: 651-696-6498; E-mail:
Website: For more information and application form see:
BETHSAIDA Bethsaida , situated on the north Sea of Galilee was founded in the10th century BCE as the capital city of the biblical kingdom of Geshur. During the Time of Jesus Bethsaida served as the birthplace of three Apostles Peter, Andrew and Philip and a place where Jesus performed many miracles, it is one of the most frequently mentioned towns in the New Testament.
Directors: Prof. Rami Arav, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Prof. Richard Freund, University of Hartford
Dates: The excavation is divided into two sessions:
May 23 - June 5; June 6 - June 19
Accommodation: Ginosar Inn on Kibbutz Ginosar, on the western coast of the Sea of Galilee
Cost: From $594 to $1040 per week, according to type of accommodation.
Registration fee: $200 deposit
Minimum participation: One week
Application  deadline: March 12, 2010 for Session 1; March 26, 2010 for Session 2
Work days:

5:30am - 12:30 pm: Fieldwork
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Lab work and pottery
8:00pm - 9:00pmL Lecture

Recreation: Kibbutz Ginosar is located right on the Sea of Galilee, and there is also a swimming pool on the kibbutz. Weekend tours are arranged throughout the season (for an additional charge).
Insurance: All participants must have health insurance that covers international travel to Israel. Volunteers are encouraged to seek additional traveler's and flight insurance.
Contact: Bethsaida Excavations Project
University of Nebraska at Omaha
International Studies and Programs
Omaha , NE 68182-0227
Tel. 402/554-4986; 402/554-3108
Fax: 402/554-3681
Email: or
Website: For more information and application form see:
ZEITAH A strategically located "outlying" town, Zeitah (Hebrew "Zayit") lies in the Beth Guvrin Valley, roughly halfway between the Israelite city of Lachish and Tell es Safi (Philistine Gath).
During the 2009 season of excavations, the team excavated layers down to the early ninth century BCE and also defined a significant destruction layer dating to the late eighth century BCE. The excavation at Tel Zayit, then, is helping to clarify the historical picture for the borderland region between Judah and Philistia during the Iron Age IIA-B periods.
Director: Ron E. Tappy, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Dates: June 5-30
Accommodation: Kibbutz Gal-On - hostel-style rooms, A/C.
Cost for volunteers: Room and board: $1,225 for the full period.
Registration fee: US $25 (non-refundable). Applied toward the total cost charged to volunteers accepted for the excavation.
Application deadline: All application materials accompanied by the application fee are due by May 5, 2010. Early application will give you a better chance of securing a spot.
Academic program: Students are encouraged to arrange for credit through their home institution. (a course syllabus is available upon your request). Alternately, you may elect to receive graduate credit through Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (PTS). Tuition through PTS costs $500 for three quarter units or $1,000 for six quarter units.
Work hours: Excavation - 5:00-13:00; pottery washing and scheduled lectures in the afternoon and evening.
Workdays: Monday-Friday.
Minimum stay: Since we will pursue a very focused research design during the 2010 Season, we ask that volunteers join us for the full three and a half weeks of the excavation.
Recreation: In past years, the excavation has offered two optional, overnight weekend field trips and we may repeat this offer in the 2010 season. Each trip will cost an additional $250.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance, and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: Dr. Ron E. Tappy, The Zeitah Excavations, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15206-2596
Tel: 412-441-3304 x2126; Fax: 412-486-0776
Website: For more information and application form see:
ASHKELON From the Canaanite era (2000-1200 B.C.), Ashkelon is the oldest and largest seaport known in Israel. The current excavations involve both the discovery of new material and the advanced curation of all material excavated since 1985, including the detailed analysis of Iron I pottery, Persian pottery, and Middle Bronze Age pottery alongside the ongoing registration and analysis of new finds.
Co-Directors: Lawrence E. Stager, Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel, Harvard University;
Daniel Master, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Wheaton College
Dates: June 6 - July 16
Half season participation is possible but credit is only offered to full season participants
Session 1: June 6-26
Session 2: June 26 - July 16
Accommodation: Dan Gardens Hotel - rooms shared by four persons.
Cost for volunteers:

Full season: $2900; half season: $1450
(may be revised)
Includes full room and board seven days a week.

Academic program:

For Harvard College students, this program counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit. Harvard Summer School courses and credits are accepted toward degrees at most colleges and universities. Students are advised to obtain transfer credit approval from their home institutions before registering.
The cost of the program is $5000, plus a nonrefundable $50 application fee. Minimum age 18.
For more information and application see website.

Application deadline: April 16, 2010
Work hours: Sunday-Friday: Excavation - 5:30-1:00;
Pottery washing - 4:30-6:30 except on Fridays.
Minimum stay: Half season (three weeks)
Recreation: Saturdays free. Hotel is located near the beach, has a swimming pool, tennis court, weight room and sauna.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance valid in Israel in advance, and offer proof of doing so.
Website: For more information and application form see Ashkelon excavation website.

The Nahal Mahanayeem Outlet is a Mousterian site located at the outlet of the Mahanayeem stream to the Jordan River, some 10 km north of the Sea of Galilee. Numerous animal bones in excellent preservation state were excavated, including the skull and femur of a lion found in-situ in the mud of the Jordan River Bank in 2002. A human (non-Neanderthal) skull fragment was found in one of the piles of dirt dug up by a tractor during the 1999 drainage work. The confirmation of the presence of humans will contribute to the debate over the emergence of modern humans in the Levant and their migration routes out-of-Africa.

Director: Dr. Gonen Sharon, Hebrew University

July 11 - August 5

Accommodation: Lodging is at an air-conditioned hostel with swimming pool at Kibbutz Gadot.
Insurance: All volunteers must carry proof of an internationally valid health/accident insurance policy during their stay at the excavation and in Israel.
Contact: Dr. Gonen Sharon -
Website: For registration details see website.

Strategically perched above the most important land route in the ancient Near East, the city of Megiddo dominated international traffic for over 6,000 years - from ca. 7,000 BCE to biblical times. As civilizations came and went, succeeding settlements at ancient Megiddo were built on the ruins of their predecessors, creating a multi-layered archaeological legacy that abounds in unparalleled treasures that include monumental temples, lavish palaces, mighty fortifications, and remarkably-engineered water systems. Megiddo's location explains its longevity: it controlled a bottleneck on the Via Maris, the "Way of the Sea," and with it long-distance trade and traffic. The Book of Revelation accords Megiddo a crucial role in the future, promising an eschatological battle there, where the children of light triumph over the forces of evil. Armageddon is literally "the hill of Megiddo." 


The Megiddo Expedition is directed by Israel Finkelstein and David Ussishkin (Tel Aviv University), with Eric H. Cline (The George Washington University) serving as Associate Director (USA). The expedition is undertaken under the auspices of Tel Aviv University, in conjunction with The George Washington University as Senior Consortium Member and Loyola Marymount University, Vanderbilt University, and Chapman University as Consortium Members.

Dates: June 12 - July 1; and July 3-29

Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet. All rooms have private facilities with up to 4 people per room. A limited amount of more basic youth hostel style accommodation at a reduced price suitable for short term participants may be available. Full room and board during workdays (Sunday-Thursday). You are free to stay on the kibbutz for the weekend or take day trips - meals not provided.

Cost: Both sessions (7 weeks): $2600
Session 1 (3 weeks): $1300
Session 2 (4 weeks): $1750
Discounts for returnees and Consortium students.
Academic credit:

3, 6, 9, or 12 Credits from Tel Aviv University:
The Educational Program aims to integrate the excavation experience into archaeological theory and into contemporary archaeological and historical knowledge of Megiddo, the Jezreel Valley and the wider region. Field trips are included for registrants.
Each course is worth 3 credit hours from Tel Aviv University. Tuition fees are $150 per credit hour, for a total of $450 per course, reduced to $400 for consortium students. For full course information see website.

Registration fee: $50 non-refundable deposit
Work hours: Sun.-Thurs. Daily work on the tel and in the camp begins at 5:00 AM and finishes by 1:00 PM. It resumes in camp at 4:00 PM with the processing of finds, a requirement for all Team Members.
Recreation: Swimming pool and sports facilites on kibbutz. Weekends at leisure.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: Norma Franklin -
Website: For more information and application form see:

Khirbet Wadi Hamam, a Roman-period village, is located in the eastern Lower Galilee above the Wadi Arbel (Hamam) gorge, two kilometers west of the Sea of Galilee. One of the largest villages in the area during the Roman period, its ancient remains cover some 50 dunams.
One of the main research objectives of the project is to shed new light on the highly-debated issue of dating "Galilean"-type synagogues. In an attempt to gain a picture of rural life in Roman Galilee, excavations are also being carried out in residential and industrial areas of the ancient village.
A unique mosaic synagogue floor with depictions of biblical episodes was a major find in previous seasons. Other interesting finds were a massive destruction layer in a residential structure which buried the entire household (including weapons and a hoard of coins from the days of Hadrian); houses with passages to underground chambers; oil lamps; pottery vessels and hundreds of coins.


Dr. Uzi Leibner, Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology

Dates: June 13 - July 16

The expedition will be staying at the Arbel Holiday Homes run by the Konwitz family at Moshav Arbel (a small village 7 km west of Tiberias). Volunteers will be sharing rooms (2-3 people per room) in wooden cabins (2-4 rooms per cabin). Each cabin is equipped with a private bathroom, kitchenette, A/C, TV and a porch. Additional amenities for the use of the volunteers include: a swimming pool, sauna, a recreation room and free WiFi. Volunteers may stay (for an additional fee) in the cabins over the weekends; reservations should be made in advance directly with the Arbel Holiday Homes:

Cost: $450-$500 per work week (Sun. evening check in through Fri. morning check out).
Minimum participation: One week
Minimum age: 18
Field School:

The Field School will not open this season. Please check back with us in 2011.

Registration fee: $50 non-refundable deposit
Work hours: Arrival at the site and beginning of the excavation at 5:30am. The excavation includes various tasks such as:
Excavating, filling and emptying wheelbarrows and sand bags, sifting of the soil that is removed from the excavation squares in order to locate coins and other small finds, cleaning for a better resolution of the architecture, and before photography, and pottery washing. The work day in the field concludes at 1:30pm.
Recreation: After lunch, volunteers have free time in accordance with the afternoon activities, which consist of lectures and field trips to nearby sites. Weekends free.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: Shulamit Miller -
Website: For more information and application form see:

Excavation at Tel Rehov, the location of the largest ancient Canaanite and Israelite site in the Beth-Shean Valley, began in 1997. In 2010, we plan a five week season, focusing on exposing more of the 10th century BCE beehive area in Area C, including a newly exposed structure where last season two complete cult stands were found and that appears to have a cultic function. Another focus of our excavation is a large public structure dating to the Late Bronze IIB in Area D. 


Professor Amihai Mazar, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Dates: June 15 - July 16

Volunteers will live at Kibbutz Bet Alfa - 3-4 people in air-conditioned suite with attached kitchenette, shower, toilet, and cable TV. 

Cost: Full board - First week (6 nights: June 14-19): $315; second, third and fourth weeks (7 nights a week: June 20-July 10): $365 per week; fifth week (5 nights: July 11-16): $265. Double and single rooms available for an additional fee.
Minimum stay:

Three weeks 

Work hours: Workdays Monday-Friday: Excavation - 5:30-12:30; pottery washing and sorting- 16:30. Lectures one-two times a week - 20:00.
Recreation: Kibbutz swimming pool, parties and barbeques. Weekends free.
Registration fee: $50 non-refundable registration fee (deducted from final payment).
Application  deadline: April 1, 2010
Academic credit: 4-6 academic credits will be granted from the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Academic Credit Tuition Cost: To be announced shortly.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: For general information: 
Website: For more information and application form see:
TEL HAZOR Hazor is a major site in the Galilee, located approximately 5 km. north of Rosh Pina. 
The population of Hazor in the second millennium BCE is estimated to have been about 20,000, making it the largest and most important city in the entire region, located strategically on the route connecting Egypt and Babylon. The city was rebuilt and fortified by King Solomon and prospered in the days of Ahab and Jeroboam II, until its final destruction by the Assyrians in 732 BCE.
In this season the levels of the Israelite and Canaanite period will be explored..

Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor, Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University

Dates: June 20 - July 30. The season is divided into two 3-week sessions: June 20 - July 9; July 11-30. Preference will be given to those who apply for the entire 6-week season.
Accommodation: Kfar HaNassi
Cost: $1200 per session ($400 per week x 3) or $2200 for those who register for the entire period.
Registration fee: $25 (non-refundable) by check or money order payable only to: The Israel Exploration Society.
Credit courses: Students may arrange to receive academic credit (undergraduate or graduate level) through the Rothberg International School. These credit points can be transferred to the student’s home institution. This entails additional fee of 110$ for 1 academic credit point, each equals 1 week of participation (students can get up to 6 credit points for the whole season).
Students opting to receive academic credit  should state their intent upon registration, and directions for application to the credit program will be sent by mail.
Work hours: Monday through Friday: 5:00 a.m. to 14:30 p.m. - excavation and pottery washing.
Lectures: A series of lectures during the week will provide training in field archaeology and the interpretation of finds.
Recreation: The kibbutz has a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts. On weekends participants may stay at Kfar HaNassi and relax or travel on their own.
Minimum age: 18
Minimum participation: 3 weeks.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: Mail the application form + registration fee to:
Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor
Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University
Mount Scopus Jerusalem 91905 Israel
Tel. 972-2-5882403/4 Fax: 972-2-5825548
For information contact: Dr. Sharon Zuckerman
Website: For registration details and application form see Hazor website.
KHIRBET QEIYAFA The archaeological site of Khirbet Qeiyafa is located on the hills that border the Elah Valley on the north. This is a key strategic location in the biblical kingdom of Judah, in the main road from Philistia and the Coastal Plain to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron in the hill country. In this area one of the world's most famous battles took place, the battle between David and Goliath.

Prof. Yosef Garfinkel (Hebrew University); Mr. Saar Ganor (Israel Antiquities Authority)

Dates: June 20 - July 30
Accommodation: Bet Meir Hostel, 15 minutes drive from Jerusalem and 25 minutes drive to the site. This is an observant Jewish religious village, and driving is forbidden on the Sabbath. The expedition will stay there from Sunday morning to Friday morning. 4 beds in air-conditioned rooms, with adjacent shower/restroom.
Cost: $350 per week or $2,000 per season to be paid directly to the hostel upon arrival (credit card).
Registration fee: $50 registration fee, to be sent with the registration form - please make out a check to the Israel Exploration Society.
Credit courses: 3 or 6 academic credits can be obtained from the Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The charge is $80 registration fee and $120 per credit. Application form:
Work hours:

Sunday: 13:00-20:00
Monday-Thursday: 5.00-13.00
Pottery washing and pottery reading daily 16.30-18.00.

Lectures and trips: From 18.30 to 19.30 (Monday-Thursday) a lecture illustrated by slides on the archaeology of ancient Israel will be given.
Once a week there will be a tour to nearby archaeological sites, like Tel Jarnuth, Mareshah, Lachish, Gezer, and the Israel Antiquity Authority storage rooms.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: For registration and academic credit inquiries, please contact Prof. Yosef Garfinkel:
Website: For registration details and application form see website.
TELL ES-SAFI/GATH Tell es-Safi, identified as Canaanite and Philistine Gath (home of biblical Goliath!) and Medieval "Blanche Garde," is one of the largest pre-classical sites in the Levant, settled continuously from late Prehistoric through Modern times. Since 1996, excavations at the site have revealed fascinating and groundbreaking finds, including the earliest known siege system in the world, the earliest deciphered Philistine inscription, and extremely rich and well-preserved evidence of various cultures, peoples, and historical events, spanning some six millennia of occupation.
Director: Prof. Aren Maeir
Dates: July 4-30
Accommodation: Kibbutz Revadim. Air-conditioned rooms, 4-6 per room; single and double rooms available at extra charge, subject to availability.
Cost for volunteers: US$400 per week (Sunday afternoon - Friday morning), or US$1550 for entire 4 weeks. Includes room and board (kosher food), including weekends, transportation to and from the site during excavation, and various dig-related activities.
Registration fee: US$50 (non-refundable).
Application deadline: May 1, 2010
Academic program: A field school in field archaeology will provide university credits (from Bar-Ilan University): 3 credits for 2 weeks ($500 additional payment) or 6 credits for 4 weeks ($1000 additional payment).
An academic field school in archaeological science will also be held in conjunction with the excavation. Students interested should contact Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto (
Work hours: Excavation - 6:00-1:00; afternoon - various excavation related processes (such as pottery reading) and occasional tours and lectures.
Workdays: Sunday afternoon - Friday afternoon.
Minimum age: 16. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the consent of their parents/legal guardians.
Minimum stay: 2 weeks
Recreation: Field trips; kibbutz pool.
Lecture/class: Twice a week, in evenings.
Insurance: Applicants must have medical authorization and health insurance (valid in Israel!) and complete medical form.
Contact: Prof. Aren M. Maeir, The Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900, ISRAEL
TEL: +972-3-531-8299; FAX: +972-3-635-4941
Website: For more information and registration package see: or

Tel Dor is a major Canaanite-Phoenician-Hellenistic-Roman port on the Mediterranean coast, located in present day Israel between Tel Aviv and Haifa.
The University of Washington team will continue excavating the impressive and archaeologically-rich Hellenistic and late Persian period buildings on the south side of the Tel (‘Area D4’) - a fascinating complex of large public buildings likely connected with Dor’s focus as a center of coastal Mediterranean trade and industry.


July 5 - August 12 divided into two half seasons: July 6-24, and July 26-Aug 12

Directors: Dr. Ilan Sharon, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University; Dr. Ayelet Gilboa, Haifa University
For the University of Washington: Prof. Sarah Culpepper Stroup
Accommodation: Kfar Galim Youth Village. Student rooms (three to four per room) feature central air conditioning, weekly cleaning service, and large bathrooms.

Full season 2400 Euro/$3500 (or the equivalent); half season 1500 Euro/$2200 (or the equivalent)

Registration deposit: $100
Work hours: Excavation: 5:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 16:00 - Pottery washing and reading.
Saturday and Sunday free. Weekend field trips at additional cost.
Lectures: At 17:00 Monday through Thursday, UW Field School participants attend lectures offered by Israeli, U.S. and international scholars on a variety of topics.
Hebrew University - afternoon lectures on various aspects of the archaeology, history, and specialized scientific studies of the site and the region.
Academic credit: Through the Hebrew University Rothberg International School, in a program administered by Dr. Bloch-Smith, earn 2 credits for a half-season excavation (July 6-July 24) or 4 credits for excavating the full season. Daily educational activities include instruction in archaeological field methods and theory, the processing and analysis of the material excavated each day. Please contact Dr. Bloch-Smith ( for further details regarding this accredited program.

University of Washington: Students who successfully complete the course requirements of the UW Field School will receive 12 credits from the University of Washington.
Recreation: The tree-filled campus provides a swimming pool and outdoor sports facilities.
Minimum age: 18
Minimum participation: Two weeks.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

Prof Sarah Stroup, Department of Classics, Box 353110 , University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-3110; tel. (206) 543-2276; fax (206) 543-2267; E-mail:

Website and application forms:

University of Washington Tel Dor Archaeological Program -

Prof. Bloch-Smith's group and the Hebrew University Rothberg International School Tel Dor Field School applicants -

For individuals applying directly to the Dor office in Jerusalem -

HIPPOS (SUSSITA) Hippos (Sussita) is located on the eastern shore of Tiberias Lake, a short distance from Kibbutz Ein-Gev. The site, one of two cities of the Decapolis located in Israel, which is situated on the top of a flat diamond shaped mountain, 350 m. above the Sea of Galilee, was entirely surrounded by a wall.
The objective of the expedition is to uncover the entire ancient city, the street network, the main public secular and religious buildings, as well as the domestic quarters. The main areas of excavation in 2010 will be: the odeion, basilica, North-East Church and surrounding insulae, domestic quarters, two baths, the defensive ditch and fortifications next to it and the necropolis.
Director: Prof. Arthur Segal & Dr. Michael Eisenberg, University of Haifa
Dates: July 4-31. The season is divided into 4 weekly sessions. Preference will be given to those who apply for the entire season.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged at the youth hostel and flats at Kibbutz Ein-Gev, 2-4 per room, on the shore of Tiberias Lake. Full board, a/c.
Cost: 350 Euro per full week (Sun-Sat) or 1240 Euro for all the 4 weeks season (including weekends).
Registration fee: 80 Euro (nonrefundable) in personal or bank check. Fee will be deducted from total cost of participants.
Work hours: Excavation (Sunday-Thursday): 05:00-12:00, with additional work assignments and lectures in the afternoon and evenings.
Recreation: Guided tours; on weekends participants may relax or travel on their own or enjoy on the shore of the Tiberias Lake.
Minimum age: 16
Minimum participation: One working week (Sunday-Thursday). Preference will be given to those who apply for the entire season.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.
Contact: Dr. Michael Eisenberg, Co-Director, Hippos (Sussita) Project, Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel
Tel. 972-4-8249392; Fax: 972-4-8249876
Website: For registration details and application form
KFAR HAHORESH Kfar HaHoresh is a Pre-Pottery Neolithic B (PPNB) site located on the southern bank of Nahal Tzvi, a small wadi issuing into the Jezreel valley from the western flanks of the Nazareth Hills in lower Galilee. The excavated areas at Kfar HaHoresh, now totaling 500 sqm, include at least six distinct architectural levels. Numerous human burials have been documented at Kfar HaHoresh. Based on its location, together with the wide range of unusual architectural and mortuary installations and practices on-site ,as well as the varied nature of the material culture remains and their contextual co-associations, Kfar Hahoresh has been interpreted as a mortuary and cult site, likely serving portions of communities in nearby settlements in the lowlands.

Prof. Nigel Goring-Morris, Department of Prehistory, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University

Dates: August 8 - Sept 3
Accommodation: Participants will share room with two or three other volunteers in a Kibbutz guest house. Food is provided.
Cost: $500 per week
Registration fee: $150 (non-refundable) payable by 1 June 2010
Application deadline: 1 June 2010
Minimum participation: 3 weeks
Credit courses: Students participating in the program can receive academic credits through the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University. This entails additional fee of $120 for 1 academic credit point, each equals 1 week of participation. There is an additional 80$ application fee.
Students opting to receive academic credit should state their intent upon registration, and the directions for application to the credit program will be sent by mail, together with confirmation of their acceptance to the dig.
Field program:

Participants will take part in the excavations and also play an active role in the preliminary analysis of recovered artifacts. Subjects include: excavation, recovery and recording procedures, as well as field consolidation techniques. 

Lectures and field trips: Faculty members will give lectures on the Prehistory and Archaeology of the Near East and various specialist topics. It may be possible to arrange field trips to visit other archaeological sites in the area.
Insurance: Volunteers must arrange their own medical and accident insurance in advance and offer proof of doing so.

For an application form or answers to your questions concerning participation, contact either:

Ms. Michal Birkenfeld
Department of Prehistory, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91905, Israel.
Tel: 00972-2-5882424
Fax: 00972-2-5825548

Prof. Nigel Goring-Morris, Excavation director
Department of Prehistory, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91905, Israel.
Tel: 00972-2-5882424
Fax: 00972-2-5825548

Regarding academic credit:

Keri Rosenbluh, Coordinator of Summer Programs & Special Academic Programs, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Kibbutz Ramat Rahel is located on a hilltop (818 m above sea level), about midway between the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Previous excavations at the site unearthed a large scale citadel with a royal palace from the time of the last kings of Judah - the only royal palace ever found from the kingdom of Judah. The 2009 excavation season in Ramat Rahel was very successful. However, excavations were not completed in some areas and we have decided to go back to the site for a short and concentrated season, in order to do some final excavations before concluding the whole project.

Directors: Dr. Oded Lipschits (Tel Aviv University) and Prof. Dr. Manfred Oeming (Heidelberg University)

August 15-28. Excavation will be conducted for these 14 days without a weekend break. Participants can register only for the entire period.

Accommodation: Full room and board at Kibbutz Ramat Rahel (4-star facility) - hotel or hostel lodging.
Cost for volunteers:

Weekly fee per person, covering full board, use of all hotel facilities (pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym): from $538 to $923 per week, depending on accommodation.
Price includes: participation in the dig, full room and board, two academic lectures, evening tours in Jerusalem (including city museums), afternoon archaeological programs and social activities. Price does not include: flights to and from Israel, transportation within Israel, insurance, weekend tours, up to $50 per person

Work hours: TBA. Afternoons will include pottery washing, followed by academic lectures and weekly summary tours of the site.
Minimum stay: Two weeks
Academic credit: Students interested in academic credits (3) can join the Tel Aviv University course: "Uncovering the Secrets of Ramat Rahel: the Conclusion of Five Seasons of Excavations at the Site." The price for each academic credit is $100. Responsibility for arranging credit with the home institution rests with the student.
Recreation: Kibbutz pool. Evenings - social, cultural and academic activities. Weekend tours in Israel, some requiring payment for transportation and entrance fees.
Lecture/class: Twice a week, in evenings.
Insurance: Applicants must have medical authorization and health insurance (valid in Israel!) and complete medical form.
Contact: For further information about program content, contact:
For registration please fill the application form and than e-mail to:

Kibbutz Ramat Rahel
Tel Aviv University -


Several excavations have been conducted in Tiberias during the past fifty years, uncovering finds from the Calcholithic through the Ottoman periods. A new excavation project began in Tiberias in March 2009 dealing with a colonnaded structure in the heart of the ancient city, recently been shown to be not a market but a congregational mosque dating from the Early Islamic period. Special finds to date include: a mosaic floor, Arabic inscriptions, complete oil lamps and hundreds of coins, all of great importance in dating the site's phases.

Director: Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, Hebrew University

Oct 3-29

Accommodation: Highly recommended and preferable to stay at the Aviv Hotel with the rest of the volunteers and archaeological staff, a 10 minute walk from the site.

$400-$500 per work week (Sunday evening until Friday morning)

Registration fee: $50 (non-refundable)
Work hours: Workdays: Monday-Friday. Excavation - 6:00-13:30. Afternoons will include fieldtrips and pottery workshops, with lectures at the hotel in the evening.
Minimum stay: One week
Recreation: You will be close to all the tourist attractions in Tiberias: the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias Hot Springs, and the Promenade with its restaurants and pubs.
Insurance: All volunteers must carry proof of an internationally valid health/accident insurance policy during their stay at the excavation and in Israel.
Contact: For further information about program content, contact: Shulamit Miller at:
Website: For registration details and application form see website.

Israel Antiquities Authority

The Israel Antiquities Authority's Department of Education and Information is responsible for educational programs in archaeology and heritage preservation. The department runs three centers for archaeology, offering tours, workshops, activities, enrichment courses and opportunities to participate in excavations.

For information on volunteer opportunities available at the IAA, contact Mrs. Meyrav Shay, tel. 972-2-6204679, 972-52-4284408.

Volunteers from abroad should also prepare a photocopy of their insurance policy. 

Download IAA volunteer form

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