July 3 - July 21, 2022

City of the Decapolis

This summer, help archaeologists excavate the Hellenistic and Roman site of Hippos (Aramaic Sussita) in northern Israel. Impressively situated on a high spur overlooking the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Hippos was founded in the mid-second century B.C.E. as one of the 10 Decapolis cities. In these cities, where the local population came to fully embrace Greek life and culture, Hellenistic values dominated nearly every aspect of civic and private life, including architecture, religion, literature, and sport. Even after the Roman general Pompey established Roman control over the region in 63 B.C.E., the Decapolis cities retained their Hellenized traditions for several hundred years.

At Hippos, archaeologists have uncovered the extraordinary remains of a large, well-planned Greco-Roman city, complete with a main colonnaded street (the decumanus maximus), a broad rectangular-shaped forum, Roman fortifications, luxurious public baths, and major temples dating to both the Hellenistic and Roman periods. More recently, excavations have brought to light the Roman-period odeon, a Roman basilica, as well as the remains of at least seven different churches built on the site during the Byzantine period.

In the 2022 season, the team will continue exploring the Martyrion of Theodoros (the Burnt Church) and its magnificent mosaics; excavate a segment of the cardo intersecting the decumanus maximus and the Roman theater.


Geographic Location

Sea of Galilee, Northern Israel

Dates of the Dig

July 3 - July 21, 2022

Minimum Stay

1 Week

Application Due

Sunday, May 15, 2022


Volunteers will be lodged in the hostel of Kibbutz Ein Gev, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, about a 5-minute drive from the site. The kibbutz is a 20-minute drive from Tiberias and a one-hour drive from Haifa. There are 2-4 occupants in each room with shared facilities. It is possible to arrange a single room for an extra fee (ask us in advance) with shared facilities. All rooms are air-conditioned and have wi-fi access. Linens and towels are provided. Free of charge collective laundry services are available once a week.


$750 per week or $2150 for the whole season


Michael Eisenberg: The University of Haifa and the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology

Arleta Kowalewska: The University of Haifa.


Arleta Kowalewska
[email protected]

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