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The 2013 season will take place between June 30th and August 1st.
This year we are an Institute for Field Research Field School: Students applying for a full course and US college credits will enroll through the IFR website. Field school students from collaborating institutions (TAU and UCL) will enroll through their departments.
We are accepting a small number of volunteers for fieldwork between July 7th and August 1st. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the directors.
The application deadline is April 1st 2013.

In 2013 we will excavate houses and public spaces associated with the arrival of the Khirbet Kerak culture at Bet Yerah (Early Bronze Age III, c. 2800 BCE). We will also continue to seek more evidence of cultural contact with Egypt in Early Bronze II houses (c. 3000 BCE).


Field School

  • One week seminar on the archaeology of Israel, including field trips
  • Daily field work
  • Daily pottery reading and finds-processing
  • Instruction in field techniques: excavation, recording, photography, section-drawing
  • Free weekends

Hostel-style accommodations at Kibbutz Sha'ar Hagolan. 2-4 students per room, with shared amenities, kitchen. Wireless internet. Free swimming. The cost of accommodations is included in IFR fees. Volunteers pay their own way (for details, contact the directors).

Breakfast, Lunch and Supper will be provided daily (on weekends, by prior arrangement). Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


A number of full- and half-day field trips are included in the IFR curriculum. Additional tours will be included during the field season.

Weekends (Friday and Saturday) are open for independent travel. Tel Bet Yerah is conveniently located for visits to the Galilee and nearby regions, although even more distant destinations can be reached, as Israel is a small country.

Travel and Transport
All participants are responsible for making their way to Israel , and to and from the excavation house at Sha'ar Hagolan, on their own. IFR participant fees cover the cost of all field trips and daily transport to the mound.

For further details, please contact the directors:

Prof. Rafi Greenberg

Dr. Sarit Paz

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