DIGS

Tel Dan

June 12 - July 8, 2022
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The Site Where History and Legend Converge

Tel Dan is one of the most important sites in the ancient Near East and for biblical archaeology in particular. Situated at the base of snow-capped Mount Hermon on the headwaters of the Jordan, Dan has been an important settlement from the Neolithic period (ca. 5000 B.C.E.) through the early modern period.

Archaeological highlights include massive Early Bronze Age fortifications (ca. 2900–2200 B.C.E.), the earliest preserved mudbrick arched gate in the world (ca. 1900–1500 B.C.E.), a spectacular Mycenaean tomb from the Late Bronze Age (ca. 1500–1200 B.C.E.), an early Iron Age I agrarian settlement that some associate with the Israelites (ca. 1200–1000 B.C.E.), major fortifications and an Israelite temple—perhaps where Jeroboam’s golden calf once stood (1 Kings 12)—from the Iron Age II (ca. 1000–700 B.C.E.), and various figurines, statues, and inscriptions from the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Perhaps the most famous find from Tel Dan is a stela, likely commissioned by Hazael of Aram sometime in the ninth century B.C.E., identifying a Judahite king from the “house of David” and thus providing the only extra-biblical reference to the famed King David from the Bible.

Details

Geographic Location

Golan, Northern Israel.

Dates of the Dig

June 12 - July 8, 2022

Minimum Stay

2 Weeks

Application Due

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

3 credits are offered by Hebrew Union College. Price is to be determined.

Accommodations

Cost

Room and board triple occupancy: $1240 for two weeks (one weekend); $1840 for three weeks (two weekends); $2400 for four weeks (three weekends). Room and board double occupancy: $1700 for two weeks (one weekend); $2500 for three weeks (two weekends); $3300 for four weeks (three weekends).

Directors

David Ilan: Hebrew Union College

Yifat Thareani: Hebrew Union College

Jonathan Greer: Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

Contact

Jonathan Greer

[email protected]

Phone: +972 (620)-3257

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