Welcome to Yavneh-Yam Project

The "Yavneh-Yam Archaeological Project" is being carried out by the Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University since 1992. It is planned mainly as a training excavation for students of the department but from its beginnings it was opened to volunteers from all over the world, both students of archaeology and general enthusiasts. The project has been supported by the Faculty of Humanities (Tel Aviv University), Earthwatch (1993-1997),  "The Kurt Lion Foundation for Cooperation between the Universities of Konstanz (Germany) and Tel Aviv (Israel)" and Mr. Marty Goldberg on behalf of "The Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University  at Toronto". A preliminary report of four seasons of excavations carried out until now (1992-1999) is in preparation and will be published soon.


The main aim
of the project is an attempt at a synthesis of the physical and social-anthropological character of the civilizations at Yavneh-Yam through antiquity. The physical and social background of different ethnic and religious groups who have lived at the site have been analyzed. These include Greeks, Phoenicians, Jews, Christians, Pagans, Samaritans, and Muslims. The project is divided into two parts: one, continuing excavations and surveying of the site and its hinterland; two, the research of a wide spectrum of issues tangential to the understanding of the site's civilizations. Included are environmental elements regarding geological and geographic background, osteological and faunal data, all of them linked to the historical background and material and artistic as exposed at the different levels of the site. We are aimed to excavate both official buildings and remains of everyday living. In short, we try to 'read' history from the material findings, and you are invited to join us in this endeavor.