Tell Keisan

July 30 - August 27, 2022

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 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.


Geographic Location

Central Coastal Plain, Central Israel

Dates of the Dig

July 30 - August 27, 2022

Minimum Stay

2 Weeks

Application Due

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

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



$3600 for 4 weeks full room and board (7 days per week); $1800 for 2 weeks


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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