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 from volunteer excavators of all ages to join our professional staff at Tell Keisan for four weeks in the summer of 2018, arriving on June 30 and departing on July 28. 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. The volunteer fee is $2,800 and includes full room and board, airport transfers, and weekend field trips. Click here for our student/volunteer information sheet and registration form.

You can earn course credit via Wake Forest University (additional fees apply).  Please contact Leann Pace for more information (and note that University of Chicago students should instead contact David Schloen). 

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 (