Dig Megiddo 2016
Important Schedule Change
Due to recent changes in logistics, The Megiddo Expedition will not hold the full SECOND session this summer. Instead we will excavate a single session of four weeks--the first four weeks that were previously scheduled. The new FULL SEASON dates are . For those applicants unable to schedule the full four weeks,we are happy to arrange an individual plan. Please contact the Team Member Coordinator for more details.There is no change to the pre-season tour. All credit courses will still be offered. For various reasons, the Expedition and its team will be best served by shortening the season to four weeks, and we want to put the best possible excavation in the field.
Archaeological Tour of Sites in Northern Israel
11 June - 16 June 2016
Tel Megiddo Excavations - Four Weeks
18 June - 14 July 2016
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Excavations in Bronze and Iron Age areas of the tel will be underway from June 18 to August 3 2016. Participants from all over the world and all walks of life are welcome to apply! Come for three weeks, four weeks, or for the full season. Both undergraduate and graduate students can earn 3 or 6 Tel Aviv University Credits. An optional Pre-Season Tour of Sites in Northern Israel is also Available! The team will enjoy the tranquility of the countryside in brand-new housing facilities at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek situated just down the road from Megiddo. Rooms are fully air conditioned, have a private bathroom, and kitchenette. Volunteers have access to kibbutz facilities such as the swimming pool and grocery store.
Megiddo, world-renown and celebrated, is the jewel in the crown of Biblical archaeology. Strategically perched above the Jezreel Valley, it guards the most important land route in the Ancient Near East--the Via Maris leading from Egypt to Mesopotamia. Megiddo dominated international traffic for over 6000 years--from c.7000 BCE through the Biblical era--and today is considered one of Israel’s most significant archaeological sites. As a World Heritage Site, Megiddo’s many monuments dating to the times reflected in the Bible offer everyone a special opportunity to view study and enjoy the ancient biblical world.
Excavations at Megiddo revealed layer upon layer of human occupation covering the entire span of the Bronze and Iron Ages. The monumental Early Bronze Age temples of Megiddo have no parallel in the entire Levant. In the Late Bronze Age, the Egyptian pharaoh Thutmose III captured the city in one of the most daring military campaigns of ancient times. During the Iron Age, successive Israelite kings built massive palaces and fortifications throughout the city, as well as an extraordinary waterworks system. The site is perhaps most famous, however, for its appearance in the Book of Revelation, where it is designated as the site of the final battle between the forces of good and evil.