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Ancient Israel: Recent Excavations
Recent and Ongoing Excavations in Israel.

Caesarea Maritima Large Roman city and harbor founded by King Herod, that survived through the Islamic and Crusader Middle Ages. The Combined Caesarea Expeditions is also an amphibious project in the exploration of King Herod's temple to Roma and Augustus which was discovered. Still others will work on a dwelling quarter thought to date from King Herod's time, perhaps the home of Caesarea's earliest Jewish and Christian communities.

Directors: Prof. Kenneth G. Holum, University of Maryland; Profs. Avner Raban and Joseph Patrich, Haifa University. [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://books.google.com.ph/books?id=pckUkJIHjiQC&pg=PR8&lpg=PR8&dq=Caesarea+Maritima+exploration,Prof.+Kenneth+G.+Holum&source=web&ots=PPvLV

Ein Gedi Desert oasis located along the shores of the Dead Sea - ancient village built around a synagogue. Site of a Jewish village from the Roman-Byzantine period that subsisted primarily from the production of the expensive, aromatic balsam oil. One of the aims of our excavations is to uncover the village's houses, alleys, and shops and to unravel the secret of its oil production. We shall also explore further evidence for the existence of Essene habitation on a cliff above this village.

Prof. Yizhar Hirschfeld, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://planetnana.co.il/ghadas/

Gamla Early Roman period town and battlesite on the Golan Heights; excavation of buildings.

Director: Danny Syon, Israel Antiquities Authority [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://home.sandiego.edu/~pgeyer/gamla.html/

Revadim Quarry The Lower Paleolithic site of Revadim is located on the Southern Coastal plain of Israel. The excavations during this season revealed two distinct archaeological horizons with extremely high density of artifacts (such as handaxes, scrapers and chopping tools), which can be ascribed to the Late Acheulian. The faunal assemblage uncovered at the site comprises of horses, wild boars, deer, antelopes, wild cats and rodents.

Director: Idit Saragusti, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Ofer Marder, Israel Antiquities Authorty and Dr. Rivka Rabinovich, Dep. of Zoology, Hebrew University. [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://www.hadashot-esi.org.il/report_detail_eng.asp?id=568&mag_id=112

Sepphoris 2000 season excavation Founded in remote antiquity, Sepphoris is a major Roman and Byzantine city four air miles from Nazareth. It was the leading city and capital of Galilee and a center of Jewish life and learning into the Byzantine period. Two sessions are planned for 1999.

Director: Dr. James F. Strange, Department of Religious Studies, University of South Florida [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://www.colby.edu/rel/archaeology/SEP2000.pdf

Sha'ar Hagolan The Neolithic village of Sha'ar Hagolan (approx 8000-7500 years ago) is the largest and most important prehistoric art center in Israel. Over 150 art objects, mostly small female statuettes, have been collected from the surface of the site, while c. 50 have been found in recent excavations. This year work will focus on completing the excavation of a monumental building complex in the 'main area', as well as uncovering new buildings in a newly discovered area 450 m. away.

Directors: Dr. Yosef Garfinkel, Hebrew University and Michele A. Miller, Boston University. [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://archaeology.huji.ac.il/golan/

Tel Dor Ancient harbor town near Kibbutz Nachsholim, 9 km north of Caesarea. King Solomon's principal port and a major Canaanite, Sea-People, Phoenician, Israelite, Assyrian, Persian, Greek, and Roman city. Since 1980, each summer a joint international team from the Hebrew University, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara and Cornell, resume excavations at the Tel.

Director: Prof. Ephraim Stern, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel.
Group directors: Prof. Andrew Stewart, University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Rainer Mack, University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Jeff Zorn, Cornell University. Prof. SeJin Koh, Jerusalem University College. Walter Haury, Germany [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://dor.huji.ac.il/

Tel Hazor Canaanite and Israelite buildings north of the Sea of Galilee.

Director: Prof. Amnon Ben-Tor, Hebrew University, Complutense University, Israel Exploration Society, Ambassador University. [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://unixware.mscc.huji.ac.il/~hatsor/hazor.html

Tel Rehov Recent excavations revealed successive occupational layers from the Late Bronze Age, Iron Age I and Iron Age II. Large and well preserved buildings from two occupation layers were dated to the 10th - 9th centuries BCE. Remains of the Iron Age II city, violently destroyed by the Assyrians in 732 BCE, include an 8-meter-wide mudbrick wall around the acropolis. Evidence of Assyrian slaughter was found in destroyed 8th century BCE houses.

Director: Prof. Amihai Mazar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://www.rehov.org/Rehov/index.htm

Tel Tanninim The site is located on the Mediterranean coast, some 33 km. south of Haifa and 5 km. north of Caesarea, at the outflow of Nahal Tanninim 'Crocodiles River'. Excavations since 1996 indicate that Tel Tanninim was occupied in the Persian, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine and Crusader periods. Excavations provide a unique opportunity to investigate a little known Phoenician coastal town, presumably founded by Phoenicians after this part of Israel was ceded to the king of Sidon at the end of the 6th century BCE.

Director: Prof. R. Stieglitz, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A. [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://www.hadashot-esi.org.il/report_detail_eng.asp?id=380&mag_id=111

Tel Yarmuth Located in the Judean foothills, about 30 kilometers from Jerusalem and 5 kms south of the modern city of Beth Shemesh, Tel Yarmuth is a site of nearly 16 hectares (40 acres), consisting of a small acropolis and a large lower city. It is traditionnally identified with the biblical city of Yarmuth (Joshua 10:3). Following an initial season of excavation in 1970 by A. Ben-Tor, of the Hebrew Unviersity of Jerusalem, Tel Yarmuth is excavated since 1980 by a team of archaeologists from the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Director: Pierre de Miroschedji [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://iaa-conservation.org.il/Projects_Item_eng.asp?site_id=25&subject_id=6&id=46

Tell es-Safi/Gath Tell es-Safi (Hebrew Tel Tsafit) is a commanding mound located on the border between the Judean foothills (the Shephelah) and the coastal plain, approximately halfway between Jerusalem and Ashkelon. About 100 acres in size, it is one of the largest and most important archaeological sites in Israel. Most scholars identify Tell es-Safi with Philistine Gath, known from the Bible as the home of Goliath and Achish. Major finds from the first few seasons include the discoveries of a 9th century BCE destruction layer with extraordinarily rich remains and of a siege trench surrounding the site, whose date has yet to be determined.

Director: Dr. Aren M. Maeir; Co-Director: Prof. Carl S. Ehrlich [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://www.bibleinterp.com/excavations/Gath_Archaeological_2004.htm

Tell es-Safi/Gath Excavations Official and Unofficial weblog Tell es-Safi (Hebrew Tel Tsafit) is a commanding mound located on the border between the Judean foothills (the Shephelah) and the coastal plain, approximately halfway between Jerusalem and Ashkelon. About 100 acres in size, it is one of the largest and most important archaeological sites in Israel. Most scholars identify Tell es-Safi with Philistine Gath, known from the Bible as the home of Goliath and Achish. Major finds from the first few seasons include the discoveries of a 9th century BCE destruction layer with extraordinarily rich remains and of a siege trench surrounding the site, whose date has yet to be determined.

Director: Idit Saragusti, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Ofer Marder, Israel Antiquities Authorty and Dr. Rivka Rabinovich, Dep. of Zoology, Hebrew University. [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://gath.wordpress.com/

Yavneh-Yam The coastal site of Yavneh-Yam (Jamneia-on-the-Sea) is located at a wonderful bay along the Mediterranean coast, approximately equidistant between Tel Aviv (Ancient Jaffa) and Ashdod (Biblical Ashdod, Greek-Roman Azotus). Excavations carried out there since 1992 by the Department of Classical Studies, Tel Aviv University have revealed remains from the Bronze age (Second millenium BCE) up to the Middle ages (12th century CE). The site played an important role during the Maccabean wars between Judaism and Hellenism.

Director: Professor Moshe Fischer [Archaeology] [Recent Excavations]
http://www.tau.ac.il/~yavneyam/



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