Welcome to The Megiddo Expedition Website

Megiddo is the jewel in the crown of biblical archaeology. Strategically perched above the most important land route in the ancient Near East, the city dominated international traffic for over 6,000 years — from ca. 7,000 B.C.E. through to biblical times. As civilizations came and went, succeeding settlements at ancient Megiddo were built on the ruins of their predecessors, creating a multi-layered archaeological legacy that abounds in unparalleled treasures that include monumental temples, lavish palaces, mighty fortifications, and remarkably-engineered water systems.

Join us!

Want to dig with us at Tel Megiddo? Excavations in Bronze and Iron Age areas of the tel will be underway in June and July of 2016. Participants from all over the world and all walks of life are welcome to apply! Come for three weeks, four weeks or the full season. Both undergraduates and graduate students can earn 3 or 6 Tel Aviv University credits. 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. All details regarding exact session dates, dig fees, and application forms will become available on this website in a few weeks.

Möchtet Ihr mit uns in Megiddo graben (das biblische Armageddon)? Ausgrabungen der bronze- und eisenzeitlichen Schichten des Tells finden im Juni und Juli 2016 statt. Teilnehmer aller Länder und aller Sitten sind herzlich willkommen! Kommt für drei oder vier Wochen oder für die ganze Saison (7 Wochen). StudentInnen vor dem Vordiplom und Graduierte können sich 3 oder 6 credit-Punkte der  Tel Aviv Universität verdienen. Das Grabungsteam wird die ländliche Ruhe in den brandneuen Unterkünften von Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek genießen, welches sich ganz in der Nähe der Grabungsstätte befindet. Details zu den Daten der Saison, Teilnehmerkosten und Anmeldeformulare werden binnen weniger Wochen auf unserer Website zugänglich sein.

Vous avez envie de venir fouiller avec nous à Tel Megiddo? L'exploration des strates de l'âge du Bronze et de l'âge du Fer aura lieu en Juin et Juillet 2016. Des participants de tous pays et  de tous horizons sont invités à s'inscrire! Pour trois semaines, quatre semaines, ou même l'intégralité de la saison. Les étudiants de premier cycle ou de second cycle pourront y valider entre 3 et 6 unités de valeur universitaires délivrées par l'Université de Tel Aviv. L'hébergement moderne et confortable au Kibboutz Mishmar HaEmek, situé à proximité de Tel Megiddo, offrira à l'équipe de fouilles le paisible environnement de la vie champêtre. Tous les détails concernant les dates et durées des sessions, les tarifs et les formulaires d'inscription seront disponibles sur ce site internet dans quelques semaines.


Fresh Updates

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

    A new issue of the journal Radiocarbon (No. 57/2, 2015) is online at: https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/radiocarbon/issue/current.

    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).

    Posted Apr 18, 2015, 4:30 AM by Assaf Kleiman
  • The Megiddo Expedition is sad to announce the passing of Lord Allenby of Megiddo

    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.

    Posted Oct 5, 2014, 2:28 AM by Assaf Kleiman
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