Dig Megiddo 2016!

posted Sep 17, 2015, 10:37 PM by Matthew J. Adams   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 10:37 PM ]

Dig Megiddo 2016

Registration for the 2016 season is now open!

posted Sep 3, 2015, 1:50 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 4:06 AM by Matthew J. Adams ]

Registration for the 2016 season is now open!
Check the How to Apply section!
For more details see ExpectationsSchedule and Costs and Available Courses.
We hope to see you on the tel!

Changes in the Megiddo Expedition’s Directorship

posted Aug 10, 2015, 12:32 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 4:43 AM by Matthew J. Adams ]

Eric Cline, co-director of the Megiddo Expedition, retires from the Megiddo Expedition to pursue his many duties as co-director of the Kabri excavations, editor of BASOR, teacher, and researcher. The Megiddo Expedition thanks Eric for more than 20 years of contributing to the success of the Megiddo Expedition and for his friendship.
Effective immediately, Matthew J. Adams and Mario Martin join Israel Finkelstein as co-directors. 

Dr. Adams is the Dorot Director of the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. He has excavated at numerous sites in Egypt and Israel. He is also Director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, a survey and excavation project focusing on the entire Valley over time. In that context he is also Co-director of the JVRP Excavations at Legio, the base of the Roman VIth Legion at the foot of Tel Megiddo.

Dr. Mario Martin conducts research at the Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University and is the Co-director of the Megiddo Expedition. Martin, a distinguished field archaeologist, completed his doctorate work at the University of Vienna with Professor Manfred Bietak. Dr. Martin's extensive field experience includes his long-time work at the Austrian Archaeological Institute's expedition to Tell el-Dab’a, Egypt, as well as work at Tel Dor, Jaffa and Timna, Israel.
For me personally it is with great satisfaction that I see two of my Megiddo students (one of them joined at the age of 18!) become co-directors. I speak on behalf of the entire expedition in thanking Eric for his many years with us and wish him the best in the coming years; as I told him earlier today, he will remain a prominent member of the House of Lords of Megiddo/Armageddon...
Israel Finkelstein

Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective – the preface

posted Apr 18, 2015, 4:03 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 1:55 AM ]

A new issue of the journal Radiocarbon (No. 57/2, 2015) is online at:

This issue is fully devoted to summaries of much of what was done in the European Research Council-funded project titled Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective, which operated in 2009-2014. Both the individual articles and the entire booklet can be downloaded free of charge (the latter by clicking on the first PDF). See details of title and Table of Contents below. The project was directed by Israel Finkelstein and Steve Weiner, with the help of Shirly Ben-Dor Evian and Yuval Gadot. The project was carried out by ca. 40 researchers and operated in a large number of sites in Israel and abroad.

Abstract: In the original proposal entitled Reconstructing Ancient Israel – The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective, two of us (Israel Finkelstein and Steve Weiner) wrote, “If the microscopic data are well integrated into the macroscopic (archaeological) record, they will undoubtedly provide new insights into the study of Ancient Israel.” And this was what this 5-year (2009–2014) European Research Council (ERC) sponsored program (details below) was all about. New ground was broken on three fronts: conceptual, methodological, and in the generation of new data that indeed provide novel insights into the history and material culture of Ancient Israel in particular and the Iron Age Levant in general. The reviews presented in this special volume synthesize some of these new insights. The findings have been published in about 70 papers (click here to download the issues's preface).

The Megiddo Expedition is sad to announce the passing of Lord Allenby of Megiddo

posted Oct 5, 2014, 2:27 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 2:03 AM ]

The Megiddo Expedition is sad to announce the passing of Lord Allenby of Megiddo on Friday, October 3. Lord Allenby was a dear friend of the Megiddo Expedition. He was the great nephew of Field Marshal Edmund Allenby, who led the British army to victory over the Ottoman forces in the Levant in World War I. The Megiddo Expedition operated under his patronage. Lord Allenby visited the dig several times and participated in the excavations.  יהי זיכרו ברוך, May his memory be blessed.

Publications of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University Facebook group

posted Oct 1, 2014, 7:03 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 1:48 AM ]

The Sonia and Marco Nadler Publications department publishes the English language Monograph Series, the English language journal, Tel Aviv, Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv Occasional Publications and Salvage Excavation Reports. The Monograph Series publishes final reports of the Institute's major archaeological projects as well as multidisciplinary investigations in Near Eastern archaeology carried out by its members. Tel Aviv is a peer-reviewed international journal that publishes articles on current archaeological investigations in the Levant and critical studies related to the history and culture of Near Eastern civilizations. While the journal features articles dealing with the Classical and prehistoric periods, its primary focus is on the biblical and protohistoric periods.
Salvage Excavation Reports focuses on recent salvage excavations conducted by Institute staff and students.

New Articles on Early Bronze Age Megiddo

posted Apr 15, 2014, 10:46 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 1:48 AM ]

Fresh from the oven: two new articles on Early Bronze Age Megiddo just been published. Check them out:

Abstract: Tel Megiddo in the Jezreel Valley of Israel has been the most cited type-site of the Early Bronze Age Levant since the excavations of the University of Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s. Through the efforts of the Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition, the stratigraphic sequence of the Early Bronze Age has been significantly refined, and a new monumental temple dating to Early Bronze Age IB (ca. 3000 B.C.E.) has been discovered. This Great Temple has proven to be the most monumental structure of the period in the Levant. This discovery provides new evidence for the rise of social and political complexity in the region.

Abstract: From 1992 to 2010, the Tel Aviv University Megiddo Expedition excavated an unprecedented monumental temple complex dating to the Early Bronze Age I, ca. 3000 B.C.E. This Great Temple has proved not only to be among the largest construction projects in the Levant in its day, but has revealed surprising new evidence for a society capable of monumental architecture, central planning, and significant control of resources in the Jezreel Valley, Israel, not hitherto expected for the place and time. Since 2010, the Jezreel Valley Regional Project (JVRP) has been conducting archaeological research at the site of Tel Megiddo East, the nearby settlement responsible for the construction of the temple, and studying the broader landscape in order to elucidate how and why Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley witnessed an incredible leap forward in social, political, and architectural capabilities at the end of the fourth millennium B.C.E. This essay elaborates on both the Great Temple and the recent discoveries and ongoing work by the JVRP at Tel Megiddo East that put the temple in context.

Eric Cline’s latest book

posted Apr 6, 2014, 1:42 PM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 1:48 AM ]

Check Eric Cline's latest book, 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, at

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh's army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians. The thriving economy and cultures of the late second millennium B.C., which had stretched from Greece to Egypt and Mesopotamia, suddenly ceased to exist, along with writing systems, technology, and monumental architecture. But the Sea Peoples alone could not have caused such widespread breakdown. How did it happen?

The 2014 Season Goals!

posted Mar 31, 2014, 1:55 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 2:03 AM ]

The 2014 Season is right around the corner, and this is the perfect time to get familiar with our goals for the summer (for last season's results see '2012 Results').

Area K: The focus will be on three main endeavors; (1) Exposure of late Middle Bronze Age domestic architecture, including the final exposure and removal of the Level K-10 building (transitional Middle Bronze/Late Bronze horizon) and penetration beneath. (2) Further work on the early Middle Bronze Age fortification system, including a massive mudbrick wall and the examination of the exterior glacis in a trial sounding on the slope. (3) Analysis of activity areas in the transitional Late Bronze-Iron Age street levels outside the domestic structures in cooperation with the staff and field laboratory of the Kimmel Center of Archaeological Science (Weizmann Institute).

Supervisor: Mario A.S. Martin

Area H: This season, the excavations will continue in the northern squares of the area, in order to fully expose the Late Bronze Age levels, which have already been partly excavated during the previous season.

Supervisor: Melissa Cradic

Area Q: The work on the pillared house, which was exposed last season, will continue. In addition, geo-archaeological work, in collaboration with the Weizmann institute staff, will continue on the destruction debris of stratum VIA.

Supervisor: Robert S. Homsher

Soundings: Additionally, in the upcoming season, soundings will be opened in three new locations: (1) Palace 1369 (known as 'the Assyrian Palace'), (2) in the vicinity of Palace 6000 (3) in the surrounds of Building 338. Our objective in each of these probes is to tackle some stratigraphical issues related to the city of the Iron Age IIA-B (Chicago University's strata V-IVA); for example, the date and function of Building 338.

Supervisor: Assaf Kleiman

See you all on the tel!

“Archaeological Science Field School”

posted Feb 12, 2014, 4:01 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 1:49 AM ]

An “Archaeological science field school” is offered by the Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. The purpose of the course is to expose students to interdisciplinary research that involves archaeology and the natural sciences, in the field. The students will experience interactive work that combines excavation and analysis of materials using an on-site laboratory. The course will emphasize the inter-connection between laboratory analyses and the archaeological context, and will include fieldwork, laboratory work, and lectures.

Course organizers and their fields of expertise:
Dr. Elisabetta Boaretto: chronology, radiocarbon dating, material analysis
Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross: geoarchaeology, micromorphology
Prof. Steve Weiner: mineralogical analyses, phytoliths, site formation processes

The course is organized in collaboration with Prof. Israel Finkelstein (Tel-Aviv University), director of the Tel Megiddo Expedition and with Dr. Ofer Marder (Ben-Gurion University) and Dr. Omry Barzilai (Israel Antiquities Authority) co-directors of the Manot Cave prehistoric excavation ( Registered students will participate either in the excavation of the site Tel Megiddo (with Prof. Weiner and Dr. Shahack-Gross) or in the excavation of Manot Cave (with Dr. Boaretto). Four days of the field school will be devoted for on-site work, while the first and last days will be devoted for lectures and communication of the two sub-groups.

The course will take place between July 13th and 18th, 2014 (gathering on July 12th evening). Accommodation and food will be supplied by the excavations organizers. The cost is $500 per week.

Applications are limited for students from third year undergraduates through Masters and doctoral students. The best qualified 10 applicants will be selected. Applications should include one paragraph explaining why you are interested in participating in this course, which site you would prefer conducting the course at, CV, list of grades and two names of referees, and sent no later than March 15th 2014 to:

Dr. Ruth Shahack-Gross
Kimmel Center for Archaeological Science
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot 76100

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