Tel Bet Yerah

One of Canaan’s Earliest and Most Unique Cities

The great American archaeologist W.F. Albright once called Tel Bet Yerah on the Sea of Galilee “perhaps the most remarkable Bronze Age site in all Palestine.” Numerous excavations at the site over the past 70 years have proven Albright correct, revealing a major regional center of the Early Bronze Age (3500-2300 B.C.) and one of the most unique sites in all of Israel.

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During the Early Bronze Age, Bet Yerah, also known as Khirbet el-Kerak, grew from a small village into a thriving, fortified city with evidence of advanced urban planning and civic administration. The city’s importance as a regional center was likely the result of both its position at the entrance to the Jordan River and a massive seven-silo granary which held an estimated 500 tons of grain. It was also during this period that a distinctive red and black burnished pottery from the Caucasus region was widely used at the site, offering clear evidence of trade with or even migrants from that region.
This summer, you can help archaeologists Raphael Greenberg, Sarit Paz and David Wengrow continue the excavation of this remarkable site. In the upcoming season, students and volunteers will continue to investigate the monumental Circles Building (granary) as well as excavating a nearby plaza and houses dating to 3000-2800 B.C.E.
Accommodation will be at the kibbutz Sha’ar Hagolan hostel (2-4 persons per room, shared facilities). Each hostel building has a kitchen, TV, and study area. Wireless internet will be provided, as well as free access to the swimming pool.

Raphael Greenberg

Raphael GreenbergDr. Raphael Greenberg is a senior lecturer in archaeology at Tel Aviv University and has authored numerous publications on the Early Bronze Age in Palestine. He is co-director of the Tel Bet Yerah excavations.

Sarit Paz

Sarit PazSarit Paz is a Buber Fellow in the Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a specialist in the archaeology of the Early Bronze Age Levant and focuses on issues of urbanism, immigration and diaspora. She currently servers as co-director of the Bet Yerah excavation.

David Wengrow

Prof. David Wengrow, of University College, London, coordinates the MA program in archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. He has published widely on Predynastic Egypt and the history of early civilizations.

Dig Directors

Raphael Greenberg
Sarit Paz
David Wengrow

Geographic Location

Tel Bet Yerah, Israel

Periods of Occupation

Bronze Age, Early Bronze Age

Dates of the Dig

June 30 - August 2, 2013

Minimum Stay

Entire duration of field school

Application Due

July 1, 2013


$500 Tuition & Program Fee: $4,300
Total Field School Cost: $4,800
Airfare is not included.

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Yes - 8 semester credit units - Connecticut College


Program fee includes registration, accommodations, program activities, meals on workdays, and health insurance.


Ran Boytner
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Los Angeles, CA 90021
United States
Phone: 424.226.6130

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