Tel Shimron

Excavate Above the Jezreel Valley

See the beginning of a new excavation! Join us for the first field season at Tel Shimron, a site perched high above the Jezreel Valley on the Nazareth Ridge with a commanding view of Mount Carmel to the southwest. Occupied for over 4,000 years, Shimron saw the rise of ancient Israel, Jewish Galilee, Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Come with us to discover the past and learn how to reach across the cultural divide to the world of ancients.

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2017 represents a unique opportunity to see the beginning of excavation at a major untouched site in Israel. It took hundreds of generations to create the site of Tel Shimron; be part of the first to recover their stories.

Daniel M. Master

Daniel M. MasterDaniel M. Master is a professor of archaeology at Wheaton College, where he has been on faculty since 2000. He is codirector of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.

Mario A.S. Martin

Mario A.S. MartinMario A.S. Martin is a research fellow at Tel Aviv University. He is co-director of the Megiddo Expedition, where he has been excavating since 1998.

Dig Directors

Daniel M. Master
Mario A.S. Martin

Geographic Location

Tel Shimron, Israel

Periods of Occupation

Early Bronze to Islamic

Dates of the Dig

June 17 – July 29, 2017

Minimum Stay

One of two three-week sessions (June 17 – July 9 or July 9 – July 29)

Application Due

April 10, 2017


$500 per week (three-week minimum) – airfare not included.

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

History of the Jezreel Valley ?June 17–July 9?, Introduction to Field Archaeology ?July 9–July 29?; $400 for one course, $600 for two courses; awarded by Tel Aviv University


WIZO School, Nahalal, Israel. All meals and housing are included in the cost.


Dr. Daniel Master
Tel Shimron Excavations
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Open for tours

Yes — by appointment