Tel Kabri

June 16 – July 25, 2019

Uncover the Riches of a Canaanite Palace

Come dig with us at Tel Kabri during the summer of 2017! When else will you have the opportunity to excavate the oldest and largest wine cellar from the ancient Near East, found in a Canaanite palace more than 3,500 years old which is decorated with Minoan-style floor and wall paintings?

Located in a quiet rural setting within the western Galilee of Israel, only a ten minute ride from the historical town of Acco, with its Medieval and Ottoman old city, fishing harbor and traditional market, and the modern resort town of Nahariya, the site of Tel Kabri has the oldest and largest wine cellar yet discovered from the ancient Near East as well as what may be the earliest-known Western art yet found in the Eastern Mediterranean. Today the Tel and its surroundings are an agricultural land, with lush plantations of bananas and avocados overlying the ancient remains.

The 2019 season will be from June 16–July 25, 2019. We have 3-, 4-, and 6-week, as well as shorter options, available. Our attention will be focused on uncovering additional storage rooms of the palace, continuing the excavation of the wine cellar that we found during the 2013 and 2015 seasons: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/science/in-ruins-of-palace-a-wine-with-hints-of-cinnamon-and-top-notes-of-antiquity.html


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Geographic Location

Near Acco and Nahariya

Periods of Occupation

Middle Bronze Age

Dates of the Dig

June 16 – July 25, 2019

Minimum Stay

Five days

Application Due

March 1, 2019

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

3 credits; $750 per class; awarded by the University of Haifa


We will be staying at the Western Galilee Field School, by Achziv beach just north of the town of Nahariyya. The shared rooms are air-conditioned; each has a kitchenette including refrigerator. Free wi-fi is available, as is the beach and a nearby swimming pool.

Open For Tours



$800/week ($600/week for returnees and consortium members) - airfare not included


Eric Cline

Dr. Eric H. Cline, Co-director, is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has participated in more than 30 seasons of archaeological excavation and survey in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus, and the USA.

Assaf Yasur-Landau

Dr. Assaf Yasur-Landau, Co-director, is an Associate Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology in the Department of Maritime Civilizations and a Senior Researcher at the Leon Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies at Haifa University. He has participated in many excavations and surveys since 1986 at sites in Israel, Greece, and Turkey. In addition to Tel Kabri, he co-directs underwater and coastal excavations and surveys at Tel Dor and Tel Achziv.

Andrew Koh

Dr. Andrew Koh, Associate director, is with the Department of Classical Studies at Brandeis University and the Center for Materials Research in Archaeology with MIT; he holds his degrees from UPenn (Ph.D.) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His areas of specialization are Greek art and archaeology, the Mediterranean and the East, the ethnoarchaeology of Crete, and archaeological science. Professor Koh has done field work for the ARCHEM Project in Greece, Israel, Egypt, and Turkey.


Eric H. Cline
The George Washington University
Dept of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
801 22nd St., NW
Phillips Hall 345
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202-994-0316
Email: [email protected]