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 have openings for volunteer excavators of all ages to join our professional staff in July 2016 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)

Excavations will take place from July 3 to July 31, 2016. Cost is $600 per week, including all meals and air-conditioned accommodations at a nearby kibbutz with attractive grounds and swimming pool. Each guestroom has its own bathroom, kitchenette, and TV (2-3 persons per room). Airfare and field school tuition are extra—the optional field school via Wake Forest University provides 3 hours of college credit and includes a week in Jerusalem after 4 weeks of excavation. For more information, contact Prof. David Schloen (