Tell Keisan

July 23 - August 21, 2023

Gateway Between Phoenicia and Israel

Tell Keisan is a prominent flat-topped ruin mound located 9 miles northeast of the modern city of Haifa. Buried in this mound are the remains of a long series of ancient settlements that were built, destroyed, and rebuilt, one on top of another, over more than two millennia. During the Iron Age, in the period of the biblical kings of Israel, Tell Keisan and the surrounding coastal region of the Akko Plain were most likely part of a Phoenician kingdom ruled from Tyre to the north, which engaged in far-flung trade as far west as Spain and had close economic, political, and cultural ties to the neighboring Israelites.

Tell Keisan was first excavated briefly in the 1930s and then for several years in the 1970s by the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem. The current excavations began in 2016 and are co-directed by Prof. David Schloen of the University of Chicago, Prof. Gunnar Lehmann of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and Prof. Bernd Schipper of the Humboldt University of Berlin.



Geographic Location

Central Coastal Plain, Central Israel

Dates of the Dig

July 23 - August 21, 2023

Minimum Stay

2 Weeks

Application Due

Monday, May 1, 2023

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

100 credit units are offered by the University of Chicago. Price is to be determined.


Contact for more details


Contact for more details


David Schloen: University of Chicago

Gunnar Lehmann: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Bernd Schipper: Humboldt University of Berlin


Prof. David Schloen
[email protected]

Phone: 773-702-1382
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