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.
Updates for 2021 Season
Thank you to all of you who have pre-registered for Megiddo 2021! It makes us happy to see so many folks excited at the prospect of getting back to the tel! If you are hoping to join the Megiddo team and want to add your name to the pre-registration list, you can find it here:
We would like to give you an interim update regarding the situation. Things are certainly improving in some ways here in Israel, but there are still some unknowns. The vaccination effort for Israelis continues to be very strong, and we hope it will create more safety for reopening all the things of daily life. However, as of this writing, there is still a restriction on foreign tourists entering the country. We are still watching very closely all government messages regarding travel, as this is a critical factor in moving forward with excavation plans, and we will be sending out another update when we know more.
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.
To our dear Megiddo friends from all over the world–we hope you are all staying healthy and doing well!
The situation in Israel is improving but, as in so many places, there are still restrictions governing certain activities and travel.
The Megiddo Team is watching developments closely in the hopes that we will be able to be on the tel in Summer 2021. We know many of you are also eager to hear news of our plans.
If you are hoping to be with us, conditions permitting, we ask you to pre-register here . This will help us stay in closer communication with you as we learn more about the situation on the ground. We will send out a situation update to everyone on the pre-registration list in early January.
Here you can read more about the application procedure and application form: