February-March, 2023

A New Season to Solve an Old Puzzle

Founded on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in 19 CE, Tiberias became through the centuries a focal point of culture and commerce in northern Israel. Most notably, Tiberias grew quickly after the mid-second century as a bastion of Jewish life and learning. By the fourth century, the city had become a major destination for Christian pilgrims touring the many holy sites of the Galilee region. Tiberias continued to prosper after the Arab conquest when it became the district capital of Jund al-Urdunn.

Excavations have been ongoing throughout various parts of the ancient city center of Tiberias since the 1950s and have exposed many impressive remains, such as the Roman southern gate, sections of the main north-south street and its two phases of shops, a bathhouse, churches, the congregational mosque, houses of the Islamic period and even an industrial complex related to the sugar industry of the Crusader-Ayyubid period.

After 14 years working in Tiberias, Katia Cytryn-Silverman is joined by Katja Soennecken to explore the surroundings of the Byzantine church, as well as the cardo and shops/buildings west of the cardo.


Geographic Location

Sea of Galilee, Northern Israel

Dates of the Dig

February-March, 2023

Minimum Stay

1 Week

Application Due

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Contact for more details


Volunteers will be housed in a local hotel


$700-$1200 per week, depending on room choice


Katia Cytryn-Silverman: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Katja Soennecken: The German Protestant Institute of Archaeology


Ms. Helena Lindner

[email protected]

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