Tel Bet Yerah

One of Canaan’s 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.), unique in its interaction with regions both north and south 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 southern Caucasus and Anatolia was widely used at the site, offering clear evidence of the arrival of migrants from that region.
This summer, you can help archaeologists Raphael Greenberg and Sarit Paz continue the excavation of this remarkable site. In the upcoming season students and volunteers will investigate the monumental Circles Building (granary) as well as excavating a nearby plaza and houses dating to 3000-2800 B.C.

Raphael Greenberg

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

Sarit Paz

Sarit PazDr. Sarit 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 is codirector of the Bet Yerah excavation.

Dig Directors

Raphael Greenberg
Sarit Paz

Geographic Location

Lake Kinneret, Israel

Periods of Occupation

Early Bronze Age, Hellenistic and Early Islamic

Dates of the Dig

June 20 - July 17, 2015

Minimum Stay

Full duration of the field school

Application Due

April 18, 2015


$4,450 - cost includes tuition and room and board. Airfare not included.

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

8 semester credit units (12 quarter units) - $4,450 - Connecticut College


The entire excavation team (staff and students) will be housed in comfortable hostel-style accommodation at Kibbutz Sha’ar Hagolan, which is situated about 2 miles south of the site. There will be 2-4 persons per room with shared amenities. Meals are provided by the Kibbutz kitchen, which is vegetarian- and vegan-friendly (fresh and cooked vegetables served separately).


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