Tell Keisan – an ancient Canaanite and Phoenician city waiting to be explored

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, in partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is excavating Tell Keisan (Tel Kison) in Israel — a city of the Bronze and Iron Ages located 9 miles northeast of Haifa. In biblical times, this site was occupied by Phoenicians who had close economic and cultural relations with the Israelites and established colonies around the Mediterranean.

We will have openings for volunteer excavators of all ages to join our professional staff at Tell Keisan in the summer of 2018. This site is located in the beautiful Galilee region of northern Israel. Volunteers learn archaeological methods, attend evening lectures on ancient history and culture, and take guided tours on weekends to explore the country. Click to contact us.

The Tell Keisan archaeological excavations are led by David Schloen of the University of Chicago and Gunnar Lehmann of Ben-Gurion University. The senior staff of the project also include:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Bloch-Smith (field director)
  • Dr. Leann Pace, Wake Forest University (field school leader)
  • Dr. Nimrod Marom, Haifa University (zooarchaeologist)
  • Sandra Schloen, University of Chicago (data manager)

For more information, contact Prof. David Schloen (