Tel Beth Shemesh
Israel • June 11 – July 9, 2017
I Volunteered for This?!
A Biblical Border City between Judah and Philistia
Since the beginning of modern explorations of the ancient world and it civilizations, Tel Beth Shemesh attracted the interest of scholars and students of the ancient Near East. Its long sequence of occupational history has yielded a great deal of information about the past civilizations that flourished and faded in the region. The site is located between two valleys that were well-suited for grain production, growing grapes and olives, and animal grazing. They were also avenues of trade and communication. Tel Beth Shemesh is located at the geographic meeting point of three different ethnic and cultural groups during the Iron Age (Philistines, Canaanites and Israelites), making it an ideal site to investigate ancient geopolitical, social and cultural dynamics at a border zone. By applying insights gained through anthropological and archaeological research, the current expedition is shedding new light these and other theoretical issues. This summer, our excavation team will concentrate in the northern area of the site in order to explore cultural diversity, continuity, and changes from Level 4 (10th century B.C.E.) down to Level 9 (13th century B.C.E.).
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.
Dr. Shawn Bubel, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Zvi Lederman, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Shlomo Bunimovitz, Tel Aviv University
Kibbutz Nativ HaLamed-heh, Israel
Periods of Occupation
Bronze and Iron Ages
Dates of the Dig
June 11 – July 9, 2017
June 9, 2017
Tuition includes cost of room and board
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
12 quarter (8 semester) credit units; $4,900 for the Field School; awarded by UCLA
During the week, students and staff stay in the modest but comfortable guest-house at kibbutz Nativ HaLamed-heh, which is just a few miles from the site. Each room accommodates 3–4 people, is air-conditioned and has an adjoining bathroom. Bedding and towels are provided by the guest-house.
Open for tours
Yes - by appointment
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