A New Publication on Building 338 at Megiddo

posted Jan 2, 2017, 4:40 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Jan 2, 2017, 4:46 AM ]

Check out the new publication on our 2014's excavations in Building 338:
Building 338 at Megiddo is one of the most impressive Iron Age structures unearthed in the southern Levant. Scholars have debated its function and its dating — Iron IIA or Iron IIB. In this article we present new evidence from excavations conducted in the vicinity of the building that suggests that it was constructed in the Iron IIB. We then place these results within the context of Iron II Megiddo.

Thank You for a Great Season!

posted Jul 18, 2016, 8:23 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 8:24 AM ]

The Directors of the Expedition wish to send our most sincere THANK YOU to all of you who participated this season! This was one of the best seasons ever and this is due in large part to the enthusiastic, hard-working, and just plain amazing group of students and volunteers. We're already looking forward anxiously to 2018, when we know many of you will be back to do it again!
Israel, Matt, and Mario

Two New Publications on Finds from Megiddo

posted Jan 9, 2016, 7:19 AM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 11:04 AM ]

Check out two new articles, which investigate different aspects of the life at Megiddo in the Bronze and Iron Ages.

Lidar Sapir-Hen, Aharon Sasson, Assaf Kleiman, & Israel Finkelstein, I. (2016), Social Stratification in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages: An Intra-Site Investigation at Megiddo. Oxford Journal of Archaeology, 35: 47–73. doi: 10.1111/ojoa.12078

The article presents an intra-site investigation of the Strata VIIA and VIA faunal remains at Megiddo, Israel, which date to the LB III and late Iron I respectively. We examined social disparity between the populations of two areas of the city. Our finds indicate a difference in social status and division of labour: a dichotomy between producer-consumers and consumers, who most probably interacted. Viewed in light of other types of remains at Megiddo, these findings reveal that the inhabitants of one sector engaged in agriculture and cottage industries, while the people in the other part of the city, close to the palace, were more affluent – related to the local ruler and administrators. Our study demonstrates the potential in intra-site investigation at large, multi-period sites.

Lior Regev, Dan Cabanes, Robert Homsher, Assaf Kleiman, Steve Weiner, Israel Finkelstein, & Ruth Shahack-Gross (2015). Geoarchaeological Investigation in a Domestic Iron Age Quarter, Tel Megiddo, Israel. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, 374, 135–157.

During the ongoing excavations of Area Q at Tel Megiddo, a variety of on-site geoarchaeological analytical methods have been used in the study of Iron Age occupations dating to the Iron Age IIA. The aim of this approach is to optimally combine macroarchaeology with microarchaeology in order to reconstruct activities that were carried out within an Iron Age urban neighborhood. The macroscopic finds indicate that this area belonged to a quarter that features both domestic and public structures. Of particular interest are (a) evidence for abandonment and spatial differentiation of activities in Level Q-5 associated with a large, well-built structure with 18 pillars; and (b) localized small-scale destruction associated with ephemeral metalworking activity related to occupation during Level Q-4. Similar approaches have been carried out at other sites in Israel (e.g., Tel Dor and Tell eṣ-Ṣâfi/Gath), yet only at Megiddo have we been able to use these methods to study a large excavation area (ca. 200 m2). The results shed new light on the variability of human activities in public and domestic contexts in an urban environment, and contribute to understanding the uses of space and the phenomenon of destruction by fire.

Rewriting Tel Megiddo's Violent History

posted Dec 7, 2015, 10:44 PM by Assaf Kleiman   [ updated Mar 9, 2016, 5:10 AM ]

Check Discover Magazine's last published article on our excavations at Megiddo. We hope that you'll enjoy reading it!

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 Mar 9, 2016, 5:11 AM ]

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 Mar 9, 2016, 5:11 AM ]

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 Mar 9, 2016, 5:11 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 Mar 9, 2016, 5:12 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 Mar 9, 2016, 5:12 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.

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