Founded on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in c. 19 A.D., 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 A.D. 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 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.
10 minutes from modern Tiberias
Roman through Ayyubid
Feb 15—March 12, 2021
Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology and Dept. of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She specializes in the Islamic period, with special interest in the Islamization of classical cities, but also on later periods, with emphasis on road-inns and on the sugar industry in the Levant from the Crusader period onward. Cytryn-Silverman has been leading the new Tiberias Excavation Project since 2009.
Dr. Katja Soennecken studied Classical Archaeology, Jewish Studies and Protestant Theology. She made her PhD in Biblical Archaeology and is currently working as assistant director at the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology in Jerusalem and Amman. She has worked on various excavations in Israel and Jordan and co-directed the Wādī al- ̒Arab Survey in northern Jordan. She will join the Tiberias Excavation Project in early 2021, starting a new partnership between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the GPIA.