Israel • June 23 - August 1, 2013
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Uncover the Riches of a Canaanite Palace
Located in a quiet rural setting within the western Galilee of Israel, only a ten minute ride from the historical town of Acco, with its Medieval and Ottoman old city, fishing harbor and traditional market, and the modern resort town of Nahariya, the site of Tel Kabri has what may be the earliest-known Western art yet found in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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Today the Tel and its surroundings are an agricultural land, with lush plantations of bananas and avocados overlying the ancient remains. During excavations conducted at the site from 1986-1993 by Professor Wolf-Dietrich Niemeier and the late Professor Aharon Kempinski, a floor and wall frescoes painted in an Aegean manner, probably by Cycladic or Minoan artists, were discovered within a building that they identified as a palace.
The 2013 season will continue to focus on the Middle Bronze Age palace. Previous excavations at the palace have exposed large quantities of painted plaster while documenting the building’s history from its humble beginnings to its destruction three centuries later.
We will be staying at the Western Galilee Field School, by Achziv beach just north of the town of Nahariyya. Rooms are air-conditioned; each has a kitchenette including refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi is available, as is the beach and a nearby swimming pool.
Dr. Eric H. Cline is Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at George Washington University. He is currently a co-director of the excavations at Kabri and Megiddo and has dug in Israel, Greece, Jordan and Egypt.
Assaf Yasur-Landau is co-director of the Tel Kabri excavations and a Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa. His research has focused on the archaeology of Ancient Israel and interregional interaction between the Near East and the Aegean world.
Near Acco and Nahariya
Periods of Occupation
Middle Bronze Age; Iron Age
Dates of the Dig
June 23 - August 1, 2013
Rolling submissions until full
$575 ($550 for returnees and consortium members) - Airfare not included
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
Yes - 2 undergraduate courses @ 3 credits per course; 1 graduate course / $400.00 per course / University of Haifa
Tel Kabri is located in northern Israel, a short distance from Acco and Nahariyya; a longer drive from Haifa. We will be staying at the Western Galilee Field School, by Achziv beach just north of the town of Nahariyya. Rooms are air-conditioned; each has a kitchenette including refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi is available, as is the beach and a nearby swimming pool.
Eric H. Cline
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