Come help us this summer excavate the ancient rural settlement of Khirbet Majduliyya in the Golan. The main occupation level is from a Jewish village dating to the Roman period (1st–early 4th centuries C.E.). A smaller later occupation dates to the Medieval period. The main goal of this excavation is to characterize, examine, and research the daily life of the common people in a rural setting and the socio-economic relationships with the surrounding settlements.
In the coming 2020 season, we will expand the excavation of the Roman-period synagogue, including a mosaic floor and auxiliary rooms to the north. We will also excavate in the area of a pottery kiln, where evidence for the production of common cooking vessels was uncovered. In addition, we will dig in residential areas in the middle of the settlement and on the northern slope as well as olive presses on the outskirts of the site.
Our staff of experienced archaeologists is easy-going, calm, and good-natured, and we look forward to you joining us this summer.
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1st Session: Sunday, July 5- Thursday, July 23, 2020
2nd Session: Sunday, September 6-Thursday, September 16, 2020
February 28, 2020
If you need credit points for your studies, please contact us in advance so that if any paperwork or further information is required, we can prepare it in advance.
The accommodation is at the Hispin-Hostel and Learning Center. Rooms are simple and clean. Each room has air conditioning; it accommodates 4 people, and has a toilet and shower attached. We offer full board (3 meals a day, breakfast is in the field). Vegetarian meals are available. Please let us know in advance. Transport to the site and the excursions are included. There is a small super market near the hostel for basic products.
Yes - by appointment
Dr. David Ben-Shlomo is Codirector of the Khirbet el-Mastarah excavation project. He serves as an associate professor of archaeology at Ariel University. He is coeditor of Judea and Samaria Research Studies.
Dr. Ralph Hawkins is Codirector of the Khirbet el-Mastarah excavation project. He serves as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Averett University, in Danville, Virginia, where he is also an associate professor of Hebrew Bible and archaeology.
Mechael Osband is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa.