Tel Qedesh

July 2 - July 21, 2023

Early Urbanism in Canaan

Tel Qedesh is one of the largest biblical mounds in northern Israel. First settled as early as the Chalcolithic period, the site reached its peak during the Early Bronze Age, when an enormous site (ca. 150 acres), extending well beyond the main mound, emerged during this crucial phase of early Levantine urbanism. A Canaanite city continued to thrive on the mound during the second millennium BCE, to be followed by an important Israelite center during the Iron Age II, known as one of the Refuge and Levite cities (Joshua 20:7; 21:32).

Following its conquest by the Assyrian King Tiglath Pileser III in 732 BCE (2 Kings 15:29), it re-emerged as a Phoenician administrative center during the Persian and Hellenistic periods, and later as an important pagan town on the boundary between Tyre and Jewish Galilee during the Second Temple period. A rural cultic center, housing two temples and numerous mausolea (elaborate burial monuments), developed here in the Late Roman period, and an important market town is attested during the Early Islamic period. The site that was a major cultural, economic, and political hub for over four millennia is now nestled peacefully in the quiet, green scenery of the Upper Galilee of Israel, waiting for archaeologists to uncover its treasures.


Geographic Location

Upper Galilee, Northern Israel

Dates of the Dig

July 2 - July 21, 2023

Minimum Stay

2 Weeks

Application Due

Wednesday, May 1, 2023

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

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Our camp will be hosted in one of the agricultural settlements in the upper Galilee. The rooms are basic 5–6 bed dorms, equipped with toilet and shower.


Excavation Fee is $750 ($250 per week), covering all costs related to lodging, food and transportation to/from the site during week days.


Dr. Uri Davidovich: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ido Wachtel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Dr. Uri Davidovich
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