A Summer of Fun and Philistines

After nearly two and a half decades of excavation by Harvard University, the site of Ashkelon—located on the pristine beaches of the Mediterranean—has produced extraordinary finds from the Bronze Age through the Crusader period, including the oldest known arched gateway, the massive ramparts of the Canaanite city and the remains of the Philistine city utterly destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 604 B.C.E.

Biblical Archaeology: From the Ground Down

How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? In this documentary DVD, learn how excavators work and what we can learn from archaeology. More information.

2016 will mark the final season of excavation at Ashkelon. This is your last chance to help uncover Ashkelon's history from the Bronze Age through the Crusades.

Lawrence E. Stager

Lawrence StagerLawrence E. Stager is Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel at Harvard University, director of the Harvard Semitic Museum and director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.

Daniel M. Master

Daniel MasterDaniel M. Master is an associate professor of archaeology at Wheaton College, where he has been on the faculty since 2000. He is co-director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.

Dig Directors

Lawrence E. Stager
Daniel M. Master

Geographic Location

Ashkelon, Israel

Periods of Occupation

Early Bronze to Crusader

Dates of the Dig

June 4 – July 16, 2016

Minimum Stay

One of two three-week sessions (June 4 – June 25 or June 25 – July 16)

Application Due

April 4, 2016


$1,725 for half season; $3,450 for full season - airfare not included

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

8 credits - $6,000 (includes $3,300 full season dig cost) - Harvard University


Participants will stay with two roommates in the Leonardo Hotel, which is a four-star hotel that offers a full range of amenities, including available wi-fi, indoor sports facilities and a pool. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a television. All meals and housing are included in the cost.


Dr. Daniel Master
Ashkelon Excavations
Harvard University
6 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495-9385
Excavation website:

Open for tours

Yes - appointment necessary