Tel Shimron

June 23 – August 3, 2019

Excavate Above the Jezreel Valley

See the beginning of a new excavation! Join us for the first field season at Tel Shimron, a site perched high above the Jezreel Valley on the Nazareth Ridge with a commanding view of Mount Carmel to the southwest. Occupied for over 4,000 years, Shimron saw the rise of ancient Israel, Jewish Galilee, Rabbinic Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Come with us to discover the past and learn how to reach across the cultural divide to the world of ancients.

In 2019, join us as we dig Canaanite houses, Israelite fortifications, a Hellenistic villa, Roman insula, and a Jewish village from the Roman period. Uncover daily life in the ancient world. It took hundreds of generations to create the site of Tel Shimron; help us to recover their stories.


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Geographic Location

Tel Shimron, Israel

Periods of Occupation

Early Bronze to Islamic

Dates of the Dig

June 23 – August 3, 2019

Minimum Stay

Three weeks. Session I: June 23 – July 13, 2019; Session II: July 13 – August 3, 2019.

Application Due

May 15, 2019

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Yes; awarded by Tel Aviv University.


WIZO School in Nahalal, Israel. Dorm rooms: three per room. All meals and housing are included in the cost.

Open For Tours

Yes — by appointment


$1,600 per three-week session; $3,200 per six-week session


Daniel M. Master

Daniel M. Master is a professor of archaeology at Wheaton College, where he has been on faculty since 2000. He is codirector of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.

Mario A.S. Martin

Mario A.S. Martin is a research fellow at Tel Aviv University. He is co-director of the Megiddo Expedition, where he has been excavating since 1998.


Dr. Daniel Master
Tel Shimron Excavations
Wheaton College
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Email: [email protected]