Tell Keisan

June 29 – July 27, 2019

Gateway Between Phoenicia and Israel

Tell Keisan is a 15-acre mound located 9 miles northeast of Haifa, near the ancient border between coastal Phoenicia and the kingdom of Israel. It served as a gateway between the Mediterranean coast and Israelites living inland, and therefore provides a unique perspective on the cultural, religious and economic interactions between Phoenicia and Israel from the era of David and Solomon until the Assyrian conquest in the eighth century B.C.E.

More generally, the excavations at this site will yield new information about the dynamic and influential Phoenician culture in the period when the seafaring Phoenicians were pioneering new methods of shipping, trade and communication around the Mediterranean Sea that were adopted by the Greeks and transformed the ancient economy.


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Geographic Location

9 miles northeast of Haifa

Periods of Occupation

Bronze, Iron, Persian, Hellenistic

Dates of the Dig

June 29 – July 27, 2019

Minimum Stay

Four weeks

Application Due

March 30, 2019

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution



The excavation team will live in air-conditioned accommodations at Kibbutz Lohamei HaGeta’ot, north of Akko. Volunteers will be housed two or three to a room. The kibbutz has beautiful landscaped grounds and a swimming pool available to volunteers and is a short walk from a public beach on the Mediterranean shore.

Open For Tours

Yes - by appointment


The cost of the four-week archaeological experience is $2,800. This includes full room and board for seven days per week plus weekend field trips. Airfare is not included.


David Schloen

David Schloen is Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology in the Oriental Institute and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago. Over the past two decades, he has conducted archaeological excavations in Israel and Turkey. In Israel, he has directed excavations at the Early Bronze Age site of Yaqush in the Jordan Valley, and from 1994 to 2002 he was the associate director of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon on the Mediterranean coast.

Gunnar Lehmann

Gunnar Lehmann is Associate Professor at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. A specialist in Levantine archaeology, he has conducted archaeological excavations in Syria, Jordan and Israel.


Prof. David Schloen
University of Chicago,
Oriental Institute
1155 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773-702-1382
[email protected]