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 are now accepting applications to join our team at Tell Keisan for four weeks in the summer of 2019, arriving on June 29 and departing on July 27. This site is located in the beautiful Galilee region of northern Israel. Dig participants will learn archaeological methods, attend evening lectures on ancient history and culture, and take guided tours on weekends to explore the country.

The participation fee is $2800 and includes full room and board for 28 nights, airport transfers, and weekend field trips. Airfare is extra. Places are still available if you submit your payment by May 31, 2019. This information sheet provides more details. Fill out this registration form and email it to David Schloen when you are ready to apply. Note that dig participants can earn course credit from the University of Chicago.

Current UChicago College students can apply for funding to to cover all the costs of participating in the dig, including airfare. To apply for funding, please send your resumé and a one-page cover letter via email to Prof. David Schloen ( no later than February 22, 2019.

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

For more information, contact Prof. David Schloen (