Tel Hadar and the Golan Project
Eleven seasons of excavations were conducted at Tel Gerisa between the years 1981-1995 under the direction of Ze'ev Herzog. The excavations commenced as part of a regional investigation of the western Yarkon River basin, which also included the excavation of Tel Michal (published in 1989 by the University of Minnesota Press jointly with Tel Aviv University) and will soon be expanded to include the site of Tel Jaffa. The excavations at Tel Gerisa have contributed important evidence relating to the fortification systems of the Middle Bronze IIA period as well as to the material culture of the Philistines. In more recent years, excavation has concentrated on the exposure of a Late Bronze Age palace form the time of Egyptian suzerainty in Canaan, ca. 1400 B.C.E. A unique water supply system, which apparently dates to the Middle Bronze IIA, has been excavated since the 1988 season and may necessitate a reevaluation of the history of the development of such installations.
Located to the east of Nahariya, was excavated by A. Kempinski, together with W.D. Niemeier of Freiburg University. It is one of the largest Bronze Age cities in Israel, and is identified with the city of Rehov mentioned in the Execretion Texts and in Joshua 19:28. Conspicuous finds so far include: buildings of the Early Bronze Age I; private homes, a family tomb, and a palace of the local ruler from the Middle Bronze Age, the latter built in typical Canaanite style and decorated with a plaster floor and wall paintings in Minoan style; remains of the Phoenician city founded in the 10th century B.C.E.; a casemate wall attributed to the 9th century B.C.E.; and occupation levels that contain sherds of the 5th millennium B.C.E.