Tell Keisan

Gateway Between Phoenicia and Israel

Tell Keisan is a 15-acre mound located 9 miles northeast of Haifa, near the ancient border between coastal Phoenicia and the kingdom of Israel. It served as a gateway between the Mediterranean coast and Israelites living inland, and therefore provides a unique perspective on the cultural, religious and economic interactions between Phoenicia and Israel from the era of David and Solomon until the Assyrian conquest in the eighth century B.C.E.

Biblical Archaeology: From the Ground Down

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.

More generally, the excavations at this site will yield new information about the dynamic and influential Phoenician culture in the period when the seafaring Phoenicians were pioneering new methods of shipping, trade and communication around the Mediterranean Sea that were adopted by the Greeks and transformed the ancient economy.

David Schloen

David SchloenDavid Schloen is Associate Professor of Syro-Palestinian Archaeology in the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago. Over the past two decades, he has conducted archaeological excavations in Israel and Turkey. In Israel, he has directed excavations at the Early Bronze Age site of Yaqush in the Jordan Valley, and from 1994 to 2002 he was the associate director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon on the Mediterranean coast.

Gunnar Lehmann

Gunnar LehmannGunnar Lehmann is Associate Professor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. A specialist in Levantine archaeology, he has conducted archaeological excavations in Syria, Jordan and Israel.

Dig Directors

David Schloen
Gunnar Lehmann

Geographic Location

Israel, 9 miles northeast of Haifa

Periods of Occupation

Bronze, Iron, Persian, Hellenistic

Dates of the Dig

July 3 – July 31, 2016

Minimum Stay

Four weeks

Application Due

May 2, 2016


$600/week - airfare not included

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

3 credits; $900/credit hour (est.); awarded by Wake Forest University


A nearby kibbutz with attractive grounds and a swimming pool, 2–3 per room with bathroom, kitchenette, a/c, and TV.


Prof. David Schloen
University of Chicago,
Oriental Institute
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-1382

Open for tours

Yes - by appointment