A New Season to Solve an Old Puzzle

Founded on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in c. 19 A.D., Tiberias became through the centuries a focal point of culture and commerce in northern Israel. Most notably, Tiberias grew quickly after the mid-second century A.D. as a bastion of Jewish life and learning. By the fourth century the city had become a major destination for Christian pilgrims touring the many Holy sites of the Galilee region. Tiberias continued to prosper after the Arab conquest when it became the district capital of Jund al-Urdunn.

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Excavations have been ongoing throughout various parts of the ancient city center of Tiberias since 1950s and have exposed many impressive remains, such as the Roman southern gate, sections of the main north-south street and its two phases of shops, a bathhouse, churches, the congregational mosque, houses of the Islamic period and even an industrial complex related to the sugar industry of the Crusader-Ayyubid period.
This coming season will focus on some of the shops facing the north-south street.

Katia Cytryn-Silverman

Katia Cytryn-SilvermanKatia Cytryn-Silverman is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology and Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She specializes in the Islamic period, with special interest in the Islamization of classical cities, but also on later periods, with emphasis on road-inns and on the sugar industry in the Levant from the Crusader period onward. Cytryn-Silverman has been leading the new Tiberias Excavation Project since 2009.

Dig Directors

Katia Cytryn-Silverman

Geographic Location

10 minutes from modern Tiberias

Periods of Occupation

Roman through Ayyubid

Dates of the Dig

February 4 – 16, 2018

Minimum Stay

One week

Application Due

January 4, 2018


Aviv Hotel (single/double/triple): $965/860/700 per week; dorms: $610 per week.

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

2 credits; cost to be determined; awarded by Rothberg International School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Dig participants will stay in single to triple rooms in the nearby Aviv Hotel located along the seaside promenade of Tiberias. All rooms have private bath, TV, air-conditioning and balcony. There are also accommodations at the Youth Hostel next door, including dorms up to eight beds a room.


Katia Cytryn-Silverman
Institute of Archaeology
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Phone: 97225882403

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