A New Season to Solve an Old Puzzle

Founded on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in 19 A.D., Tiberias became, over the course of its thousand-year history, 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 Umayyads had come to power, becoming the capital of the Urdun (“Jordan”) district.

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Excavations have been ongoing throughout various parts of the ancient site for more than five decades, but many of the more impressive finds have come to light with the excavations of the late Israeli archaeologist Yizhar Hirschfeld. The excavations under Hirschfeld uncovered an impressive array of Late Antique remains, including a bathhouse, a large Byzantine urban villa and an enigmatic colonnaded building that was long held to be a Byzantine market.
Recently, however, a reassessment of this colonnaded structure by Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman has shown that the building may not be a market area at all but rather a congregational mosque from the Early Islamic period. This season, the excavations will focus on the western side of the site, at the area of the north-south street.

Katia Cytryn-Silverman

Katia Cytryn-SilvermanDr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman is a teacher in the Department of Classical Archaeology at Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology. She is a specialist in the antiquities of the Late Antique and Islamic periods and has recently taken over directorship of the Tiberias excavations.

Dig Directors

Katia Cytryn-Silverman

Geographic Location

Half a mile south of modern Tiberias

Periods of Occupation

Early Roman to Early Islamic

Dates of the Dig

January 24 – February 19, 2016

Minimum Stay

One week

Application Due

January 12, 2016


See tiberias.huji.ac.il

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

4 credits


Dig participants will stay in single or double rooms in the nearby Aviv Hotel located along the seaside promenade of Tiberias. All rooms have private path, TV, air-conditioning and balcony. Single or double rooms are available, as are camping options.


Sharon Burger
Institute of Archaeology
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905
Phone: 011-972-2-267-1759

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