Tel Megiddo East
Israel • May 25 - July 5, 2013 (with optional study tour May 20 - 25)
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Uncovering the Site of the “Final Battle”
Situated at a strategic crossroads in the midst of the fertile Jezreel Valley in northern Israel, the site of Megiddo has long captivated the imagination of archaeologists, Biblical scholars and military historians. The mound of Megiddo, which rises an impressive 100 feet above the surrounding valley, has revealed layer upon layer of human occupation dating back to at least the Neolithic period. By the Early Bronze Age, Megiddo had become one of the first major walled towns of the Levantine world and, in the Late Bronze Age, the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III captured the city in one of the most daring military campaigns of ancient times. During the Iron Age, successive Israelite kings built massive palaces and fortifications throughout the city, as well as an impressive system of waterworks. The site is perhaps most famous, however, for its appearance in the first-century C.E. Book of Revelation, where it is designated as the site of the final battle between the forces of good and evil.
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Tel Megiddo East is the name given to the eastern settlement associated with acropolis of Tel Megiddo. The site is a vast area of human settlement that includes a large Early Bronze Age city, Bronze and Iron Age necropolis and a Roman Temple. Centuries before the pyramids of Egypt rose along the Nile, the inhabitants of Megiddo organized themselves into a massive city and began construction on a monumental home for their revered god. This temple would have been one of the most ambitious construction projects in the Levant, and the city responsible for it is the earliest and largest urban formation for hundreds of miles. This 5,000-year-old “Great Temple” has now been revealed through excavations on the acropolis. The magnificent temple is now well-known, but the larger urban landscape—the home of its builders—has never been explored. Archaeological surveys and the 2010-2012 excavations at Tel Megiddo East demonstrated that a large and contemporaneous settlement lies across the modern highway from the remarkable remains of the Megiddo temple.
This season, our excavations will focus on excavation of the Early Bronze settlement at Tel Megiddo East, focusing especially on an area in which we found evidence for a monumental building. Join us this summer for what promises to be an exciting revelation of the nature of one of the earliest cities in the Levant! With Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman material excavated in the vicinity, and the still undiscovered camp of Thutmose III, who knows what else we’ll encounter?
The excavation team will be housed at Mul HaCarmel, a bed-and-breakfast located on Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet, just a short ride from the excavation site. Team members stay in air-conditioned guest rooms with bathrooms, a kitchenette, refrigerator and television. The kibbutz also features a grocery store, swimming pool, pub, free Wi-Fi, sports facilities and BBQ facilities. The kibbutz is also centrally located within the country.
Matthew J. Adams
Matthew J. Adams is a visiting assistant professor of Classics at Bucknell University. He is the director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project as well as the director of American Archaeology Abroad, Inc.
Matthew J. Adams
Jezreel Valley, Israel
Periods of Occupation
Early Bronze, Late Bronze, Roman/Byzantine
Dates of the Dig
May 25 - July 5, 2013 (with optional study tour May 20 - 25)
3 Weeks (exceptions negotiable)
$1700 (May 25 - June 14); $2500 (May 25 - July 5) (see website for ‘early bird’ rates)
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
Yes - 3-6 credits - $600-$1200 (enrollment in study tour required; additional fee applies) - University of Hawai’i
Mul HaCarmel, a bed-and-breakfast located on Kibbutz Ramat Hashofet, just a short ride from the excavation site
Open for tours
Yes - Sunday thru Thursday, 5am - 1pm
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