May 30 - June 24, 2022

Excavate Roman Galilee

Want a first-hand look at life in Jewish Galilee in the Hellenistic and Roman periods? Investigate history for yourself this summer as part of the Shikhin excavation team! The hilltop village of Shikhin is located a short walk from Sepphoris, the largest city of Roman Galilee. Referred to as Asochis by the historian Josephus, Shikhin was an important Roman pottery production center closely tied to its larger neighbor.

Shikhin is remembered by the Sages of the Tosefta and later rabbinic writings for the high quality of its pottery, and excavations have revealed much evidence of pottery and oil lamp manufacturing at the site. Both the Sages and Josephus suggest that the town housed wealthy and powerful Jewish Galilean families. Excavations have also uncovered remains of a Roman-period synagogue, and there are indications that the interior was covered with painted plaster. The 2022 dig season will include the reconstruction and firing of an ancient ceramics kiln on-site by Mr. Yeshu Dray of Restoration of Ancient Technologies.


Geographic Location

Lower Galilee, Northern Israel

Dates of the Dig

May 30 - June 24, 2022

Minimum Stay

2 Weeks

Application Due

Tuesday, February 15, 2022


Costs include four weeks of room and full board at the Galilee Hotel in Nazareth, three nights bed and breakfast in Jerusalem, in-country transportation, three weekend trips, admission into national parks, additional insurance required by the Israeli government (does not include medical insurance), and other incidental costs. Flight not included.


Four weeks in Nazareth and three nights in Jerusalem: $3290 (double or triple room); $4040 (single room)


James Riley Strange: Samford University

Mordechai Aviam: Kinneret Academic College

Tom McCollough: Coastal Carolina University


Prof. James Riley Strange
[email protected]
Phone: +1 (205)-726-4543

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