Tel Hazor Lower City

July 28 - August 16, 2024

Excavate Israel's Largest Canaanite City

Tel Hazor is the largest and most important Canaanite site in Israel, encompassing an area of over 200 acres. In the second millennium BCE, the city was comprised of an upper city (the acropolis) and a lower city. Ancient records show that the city was considered the southernmost Syrian urban center during the Bronze Age. The name of the city appears in the king lists of Thutmose III, Amenhotep II, and Seti I as well as in Papyrus Anastasi I, among others. It is the only city mentioned in the Mari archive of the Middle Bronze Age and was considered a “great power” in the Amarna archive of the Late Bronze Age. It is also mentioned several times in the Hebrew Bible.

The University of Haifa’s excavations at Hazor focus on the lower city of the site, which was settled only during the second millennium BCE. This area was previously excavated by Yigael Yadin in the 1950s, who uncovered temples, domestic units, workshops, and cultic spaces, as well as a large fortification system. The goal of their expedition is to learn more about the people who lived at the site, rather than city’s rulers. The lower city of Hazor is crucial to understanding when, how, and why the city was destroyed in a large conflagration at the end of the Late Bronze Age.

This season they plan to continue excavations in the courtyard of one of the most magnificent royal temples of Hazor (the Orthostats Temple) and the large open area to the west of it, where numerous small special finds were unearthed during the 2023 season.


Geographic Location

Upper Galillee, Northern Israel

Dates of the Dig

July 28 - August 16, 2024

Minimum Stay

3 Weeks

Application Due

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Up to 3 academic credits are offered by the University of Haifa at $100 per credit.


The expedition will be staying at the Ayelet Hotel, right across the street from Tel Hazor, which means the journey to the site in the morning will be only ten minutes, giving us a little more sleep before work starts! Rooms are designed to house two or three people. All the rooms are equipped with AC, ensuite bathroom, TV, and refrigerator. The kibbutz also has a swimming pool, soccer field, a supermarket, and a laundromat. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the lodging area of the property.


$1950 for 3 weeks


Shlomit Bechar: University of Haifa


Dr. Shlomit Bechar

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