Megiddo is the jewel in the crown of biblical archaeology. Strategically perched above the most important land route in the ancient Near East, the city dominated international traffic for over 6,000 years — from ca. 7,000 B.C.E. through to biblical times. As civilizations came and went, succeeding settlements at ancient Megiddo were built on the ruins of their predecessors, creating a multi-layered archaeological legacy that abounds in unparalleled treasures that include monumental temples, lavish palaces, mighty fortifications, and remarkably-engineered water systems.
Goals of the Tel Aviv renewed excavations at Megiddo:
- Recheck stratigraphy and chronology and strengthen the role of Megiddo as the key site for deciphering the history and culture of the Bronze and Iron Ages in the Levant and beyond
- Re-investigate monuments exposed in the past: their date and cultural affiliation
- Make Megiddo a laboratory for advancing new methods and techniques, especially those related to the exact and life sciences, such as physics-related dating methods, ancient DNA and geo-archaeology.
Exciting updates about 2022 Season
October 15, 2021
Are you ready to dig this summer? The Megiddo Team is busy preparing for the first day of excavation on June 26th, 2022. We hope all of you are well and we are so excited to welcome you back to the tel!
The 2022 season runs for four weeks and you can join for one, two, three or all four. Our registration form can be found here (link) and you can find information about life on the dig and our excavation plans on the Megiddo website.
We will be offering two 3-credit university courses through Tel Aviv University, but you don’t have to be a university student to join us! We welcome participants from all walks of life–no archaeological experience necessary. Feel free to contact us (link) with any questions!
All Team Members will be required to follow whatever relevant COVID precautions may be in place at the time for travel to Israel and within the excavation, including proof of vaccination and any masking or other mitigations in place on the kibbutz, bus, at meals, inside the national park of Megiddo, etc. If needed, additional details will be provided closer to the excavation dates based on official guidance at the time
In the meantime, please enjoy this taste of Megiddo! please enjoy these videos with great Megiddo vistas and provocative discussions between Director Israel Finkelstein and his colleague, the leading biblical scholar, Thomas Römer.