Tel Gezer Water System

The Water Systems of the Royal City of Solomon

Located just off the main road running between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in the famous Aijalon Valley, the ancient site of Tel Gezer guards the junction of the Via Maris with the Aijalon Valley. The site has a rich history that begins with the Canaanites right up to the modern era. Gezer is a site of great Biblical significance that is associated with both Joshua (Joshua 10) and King Solomon (I Kings 10:15-16). It is also mentioned in several extra-Biblical texts associated with Thutmosis III and IV, Merneptah, Sheshonq and Tiglath-Pileser III.

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Excavations include the Early Middle Bronze Age water system. The purpose is to understand the date of this monumental water system along with its function and source for water. To clarify these issues, excavations have expanded to include the Canaanite gate and its associated storerooms. To date, evidence of earlier structures under these structures suggest and very early date for the water system and the fortifications of the city. Work will continue in these areas to clarify their origin.
The Tel Gezer Water System Project is sponsored by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, the Israel Parks Authority and the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Daniel A. Warner

Daniel A. Warner is Associate Professor of Old Testament & Archaeology at New Orleans Baptist Seminary.

Eli Yannai

Eli Yannai is an archaeologist in the Excavations, Surveys & Research Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Tsuk Tsvika

Tsvika Tsuk is chief archaeologist of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

Dig Directors

Daniel A. Warner
Eli Yannai
Tsuk Tsvika

Geographic Location

Tel Gezer

Periods of Occupation

Bronze Age

Dates of the Dig

May 27 – June 14, 2018

Minimum Stay


Application Due

May 1, 2018


$650 per week — flight not included

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

3 to 6 credit hours - New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary


The excavation project will be housed at Neve Shalom. The Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam (Oasis of Peace) Guest House is part of a unique community in which Jews and Arabs have chosen to live side-by-side. The students and staff will stay in the various double and quad rooms on the hotel grounds.


Daniel Warner
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
POB 372 3939 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70126
Phone: (407) 468-4251

Open for tours

Yes - no appointment necessary