Khirbet Wadi Hamam
We have not yet received information about 2012 excavations at this site. For more information, please contact the excavation organizers directly using the information below, at right.

An Important New Site of the Roman Galilee

The site of Khirbet Wadi Hamam, nestled in a scenic valley just a mile west of the Sea of Galilee, has quickly proven to be one of the largest and most important Roman sites of the Galilee region. In only two seasons of excavation, archaeologists have discovered a cosmopolitan village from the Roman period that was home to an important Galilean synagogue and an impressive olive oil industry.

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First discovered in 2007, the synagogue has proven to be one of the largest and best preserved Roman-era synagogues ever found in the Galilee region. Its striking limestone and basalt walls still stand to a height of over 8 feet, while inside the building, excavators found a colorful mosaic floor unprecedented in the archaeology of Israel. The mosaic depicts a series of craftsmen busy at work on a huge but still unidentified structure of Biblical lore, perhaps Noah’s Ark or Solomon’s Temple. Just outside the synagogue complex, archaeologists have also identified an industrial-size oil press, complete with crushing basin and the remains of a screw press.
The expedition will stay at the Arbel Holiday Homes run by the Konwitz family at 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 porch. Additional amenities for the use of the volunteers include a swimming pool, sauna and a recreation room.

Uzi Leibner

Uzi LeibnerDr. Uzi Leibner is a teacher of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine archaeology at Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology in Jerusalem. He is director of the Khirbet Wadi Hamam excavations and is an expert in the archaeology of the Roman Galilee.

Dig Directors

Uzi Leibner

Geographic Location

4 miles northwest of Tiberias

Periods of Occupation


Dates of the Dig

June 13 - July 15, 2011

Minimum Stay

One week

Application Due

May 15, 2011


$450-$500 per week

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Yes, 2-5 credits/ $120.00 per credit plus $80.00 application fee


Arbel Holiday Homes at Moshav Arbel


Shulamit Miller
Institute of Archaeology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem
91905 Israel
Phone: 011-972-2-588-0555
Wadi Hamam Excavations

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