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Update 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…

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Our co-dierctor Israel Finkelstein was elected to the American Academy

We are very proud to share that our co-dierctor Israel Finkelstein was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences as an International Honorary Member. The American Academy was founded in 1780, during the American Revolution. From that time until today, The American Academy gathers knowledge and produces reflective, independent, and pragmatic studies that…

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New Visitor center opens in Megiddo!

Every year many tourists visit Tel Megiddo to see how the place bearing the biblical name “Armageddon” actually looks like. Many of them are interested in the biblical story of the site, the impressive remains of the ancient city and the outstanding views of the Jezreel Valley from the top of the Tel. Last month…

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A new web-series about the archeology and history of ancient Israel with our co-directors Israel Finkelstein and Matthew J. Adams

A new web-series made possible by the Shmunis Family Foundation. Each episode features a conversation between our co-directors Israel Finkelstein and Matthew J. Adams, about the archeology and history of Ancient Israel – Episode One: Bible and Archaeology, The View from the Center– Episode Two: The Bronze Age, The Land Before Israel– Episode Three: The Crisis Years, The…

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Restoration of the six-chambered gate

Following the 2018 excavations in the area of the Iron Age gates, the National Parks Authority completed the restoration of the western wing of the famous six-chambered gate, which had been excavated by the University of Chicago team almost a century ago.

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Long Distance Trade in the Middle Bronze

A recent article published in the journal PNAS, based mainly on samples from Megiddo, reports evidence for trade with the Central/Eastern Asia in the Middle Bronze Age. The molecular and microscopic techniques revealed consumptions of extotic foods like sesame, soybean, probable banana, and turmeric. This new article sheds lights on the complexity of early long trade…

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Pre-Season Registration, Season 2021

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…

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Ancient DNA at Tel Megiddo

A joint study, that we’ve conducted at Tel Megiddo (finds and historical interpretations) with Harvard (extractions) and Hebrew University (bio-informatics) has now been published in the prestigious journal Cell. We are very proud and happy to share it with you.

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Pre-Season Interview with the Directors: Matthew J. Adams

Why dig at Megiddo?  Megiddo has an incredibly rich history and tremendously long span of time is represented in its archaeological record. It was an important center for the entirety of its history from the chalcolithic right up to the present day. As such, it is a massive laboratory for examining the long-term history and…

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