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.
Unfortunately 2021 Season is canceled but save the date for our next season in June 26th 2022!
May 24, 2021
We have been so happy to see such a huge group of people express interest in the excavations at Megiddo and the prospect of digging this summer. The global situation has been a challenge for everyone, and we were cautiously optimistic that we would all be together in 2021 on the tell!
However, after much deliberation, we must make the hard decision to cancel our excavation plans for June-July 2021. Although Israel is almost fully back to normal, it is now mid-May and the Government has still not set a date for allowing individual vaccinated foreign tourists to enter the country. This is a critical factor for our team members living all over the world. Many are hopeful that this date will be in the coming months, but without official news about this, it is impossible for us to commit to our vendor contracts and set up our operations.
The Megiddo Expedition is proud of our strong excavation program, our educational course offerings, and our professional staff, and putting together an expedition at this high level requires a minimum amount of advance time. We simply won’t be able to undertake this work given the ongoing uncertainty of international tourist entry to Israel.
Once we all are clear of the pandemic challenges, we will be very happy to see you all at Megiddo, ready for a great excavation season next summer! See you all on June 26th, 2022!
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.