Past Projects and Excavations
 


Ancient Water-Supply Systems

Dr. Ze'ev Meshel

This project consists of the survey, mapping and excavation of water systems in Israel

Publications:
  • Meshel, Z. The Water-supply System of Susita.

Contact Person:
Dr. Ze'ev Meshel, Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University
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Tel Gerisa

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.
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Desert Fortresses

Dr. Ze'ev Meshel

Research of the "Israelite Fortresses" in the Negev and the Herodian fortresses in the Judean desert

Publications:
  • Meshel, Z. Ancient Siege - Installations at Hyrcania, Cyprus, and Sartaba.

Contact Person:
Dr. Ze'ev Meshel, Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University
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Hittite Imperial Administration

Prof. Itamar Singer
Research Assistants: Julia Gottlieb, Amir Gilan, Michal Katz

An integrative study of the Hittite Imperial System, especially in Syria. The project is a systematic study of the written sources (Hittite, Akkadian, Ugaritic) related to the process of the Hittite administration in the 14th - 13th centuries B.C.E., especially in Syria (archives of Bogazkoy, Ras Shamra, Meskene/Emar).

Contact Person:
Prof. Itamar Singer, Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University
e-mail:singer@post.tau.ac.il
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The Eastern Negev in the Iron Age

I. Beit-Arieh and B. Cresson

Since 1979, five sites in the Eastern Negev of Israel have been excavated as part of this project: Tel ‘Ira, Horvat Uza, Horvat Radum, Horvat Qitmit and Tel Malhata. The project also includes a survey of 300 square kilometers in the region.

The excavations at Horvat Uza, Horvat Radum and Tel Malhata are in collaboration with Beylor University, Waco, Texas, under the direction of I. Beit-Arieh and Cresson, B.C.

Finds from the Iron Age II (mainly 8th and 7th centuries BCE) dominate the excavated sites.

Publications:

  • Beit-Arieh, I., Cresson, B. 1985. An Edomite ostracon from Horvat 'Uza. Tel Aviv 12:96-100.
  • Beit-Arieh, I., Cresson, B. 1991. Horvat 'Uza: A fortified outpost on the Eastern Negev Border. Biblicat Archaeologist 54:126-135.
  • Beit-Arieh, I. 1995. Horvat Qitmit: An Edomite Shrine in the Biblical Negev. Tel Aviv.

Contact Person:
Prof. Itzik Beit-Arieh, Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University
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Tel Kabri

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.
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