2021 Season

Updates for 2021 Season

March 15, 2021

Hello to everyone who has pre-registered expressing interest in the 2021 excavation at Megiddo!

It’s been about a month since our last update, and unfortunately there is not too much additional news to offer you just yet. While several important metrics regarding illness and spread in Israel have been improving in recent weeks, there are no major developments regarding the easing of international travel regulations relevant to us. As of today, the restriction on foreign tourists entering Israel still stands. 

We will continue to watch closely and hopefully have more definitive information in the coming weeks. 
If anyone’s tentative plans have changed since filling out the pre-registration information, please let us know (dig.megiddo@gmail.com) so we can keep our list up to date!

Updates for 2021 Season

Februray 15, 2021

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.

Save the Dates!

November 15, 2020

Planning for Megiddo 2021 is underway! Get ready for June 27, 2021– the first day of excavation at Tel Megiddo next season!

We’ll be welcoming Team Members the afternoon of Saturday, June 26, 2021 and will be getting up before dawn on Sunday to start an exciting summer of digging. You can find all the information about our excavation plans as they become available on our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all the latest news.

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 late February. 

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.

Plans for the Season of 2021:

We will be working in several excavation areas across the tel and will continue work on various projects, including:

The Middle Bronze City

Ongoing excavation exposing Middle Bronze Age remains has recently produced exciting ancient DNA results. The recovery and analysis of this type of data is one example of the robust scientific program undertaken by the Megiddo Expedition. The ancient DNA results shed new light on the population of Canaan in the second millennium BCE.

The Fortifications and Gates of Megiddo

We will undertake work in the gate area of Megiddo, including the earliest of the MB fortifications and reoccupation of the second urban phase at the site.

Remembering King Josiah

In the northwestern part of the tel, work has uncovered later phases of the Iron Age, including a 7th century BCE layer which produced finds that may be related to the biblical verses regarding the killing of King Josiah of Judah at Megiddo in 609 BCE. Excavation will continue here, with the goal of better understand the life and times of Megiddo at the end of the Iron Age.

Participants excavating at Megiddo have the unique, unparalleled advantage of dealing with different phases of the Bronze and Iron Ages in parallel, in one site.

Virtoul Tour of Megiddo:

If you need a Megiddo fix in the meantime, please enjoy these videos with great Megiddo vistas and provocative discussions between Director Israel Finkelstein and his colleague, the leading biblical scholar, Thomas Römer.