Dig Tel Kabri

Tel Kabri Archaeology Project

Located in a quiet, rural setting within the western Galilee of Israel, the site of Tel Kabri is only a ten-minute ride from the town of Nahariya, where the coastal plain meets the inland hills. Today the Tel and its surroundings are agricultural land, with lush plantations of bananas and avocados overlying the ancient remains.

Kabri represents one of the only opportunities available today in the Eastern Mediterranean to easily excavate a Middle Bronze Age Canaanite palace and explore anthropological theories about the rise of archaic states and study political economies of the Aegean and the Near East. The ready-available palace and settlement, with minimal overburden and with limited previous excavations, allows us to use modern methods such as residue analysis, petrographic analysis, detailed zooarchaeological study, neutron activation analysis, stable isotope analysis, and petrography to gain insights into some of the most important topics relevant to the understanding of complex human societies. The excavations at Tel Kabri employ methodologies at the cutting edge of scientific research including high resolution photogrammetry and 3-D model reconstruction and micro-GIS to study how ancient populations moved in and about the palace.

Come Dig With Us!

We dig every other year, and most recently excavated in the summer of 2019. Check out our website for more information!

Field School

The Summer field school offers a 3-credit course in methods and techniques in field archaeology through the University of Haifa, able to transfer back to many other international institutions. The Mediterranean Field Program at Tel Kabri aims to introduce the student to archaeological field experience, using the site of Tel Kabri, the western Galilee, and the larger region of Israel. This course in particular will train the student in the methods and techniques of modern field archaeology. The aim is to enable the student to acquire and develop the skills required for proper excavation and recording. Emphasis is placed on basic field technique and strategy, stratigraphical analysis, documentation, and chronological tools. These skills will be taught not only in the lecture hall, but also in the field as well.

 

Questions?

 

Eric Cline

For questions, please contact Prof. Eric Cline