Tel Kabri

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 found yet 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.
In 2013, we found the oldest and largest wine cellar in the ancient Near East, as part of the storage rooms of the Canaanite palace. The 2015 season will continue to focus on the Middle Bronze Age palace, the wine cellar and the additional storage rooms that we think are nearby.

Eric Cline

Eric ClineEric H. Cline is professor of anthropology, classics and history and director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at the George Washington University. He is currently a codirector of the excavations at Kabri and Megiddo and has dug in Israel, Greece, Jordan and Egypt.

Assaf Yasur-Landau

Assaf Yasur-LandauAssaf Yasur-Landau is codirector 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.

Andrew Koh

Andrew KohAndrew Koh is associate director of the Tel Kabri excavations and assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University. His areas of expertise include Aegean prehistory, the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean, and archaeological and conservation science.

Dig Directors

Eric H. Cline
Assaf Yasur-Landau
Andrew Koh

Geographic Location

Near Acco and Nahariya

Periods of Occupation

Middle Bronze Age

Dates of the Dig

June 14 - July 23, 2015

Minimum Stay

1 week

Application Due

March 2, 2015


$750 per week ($600 per week for consortium members) - airfare not included

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

3 credits - $200 per credit hour - University of Haifa


We will be staying at the Western Galilee Field School, by Achziv beach just north of the town of Nahariyya. The shared 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
The George Washington University
Dept of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
801 22nd St., NW
Phillips Hall 345
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-0316
Fax: 202-994-2156

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