2011 Season

UPDATE, 26 September: The preliminary results from the 2011 season are now available:

Preliminary report on the results of the 2011 excavation season at Tel Kabri


(Previous Information)

The 2011 season will be from 19 June – 28 July 2011, split into two sessions of three weeks each. Volunteers can come for one or the other session, or both.


Location and Accommodations

Tel Kabri is located in northern Israel, a short drive from Acco and Nahariyya; a longer drive from Haifa.

We will be staying at Kibbutz Lohame HaGetaot (the Polish Ghetto Fighters kibbutz), a ten-minute drive from the site. Rooms are air-conditioned, each with their own telephones, color televisions, and kitchenettes; each fits three-four volunteers.

The kibbutz has a swimming pool and a grocery store which we are welcome to use, as well as a dining hall in which we will eat lunch every work day. Dinner will be a catered affair, with food brought from Nahariyya or Acco each evening.

Workdays and Weekends

A typical excavation day begins in the field at 5 am and ends at 1 pm (yes, you read that correctly; this is a typical schedule for excavations in Israel, designed so that we dig during the coolest parts of the day, for the most part). After lunch and siesta/swimming pool break, work on the finds continues between 4-6 pm in the excavation camp. For those who are enrolled in the field school, several afternoons a week will be dedicated to lectures and practice of field techniques.

The excavation work-week is Sunday through Thursday, with Fridays and Saturdays free. On those “weekends,” the rooms will still be available, but both volunteers and staff will be on their own for food, since so many team-members travel on the weekends to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Haifa, Masada, and the Dead Sea.

Excavation Expectations

On Site

After a quick bus ride, Team Members will be on the tel and ready to work by 5AM. Team Members report to and act under the direction of their Area Supervisor. Supervisors will allocate tasks to the Team, depending on conditions in the field. Team Members are normally assigned to excavate within a single sector or Area to enable them to follow progress over the course of their stay. Weekly tours of the areas of excavation will furnish an overview of the Project as a whole. Back in camp, Team Members are expected to assist with the proper treatment of finds, including the washing and registration of objects.

Morning Working Conditions

Activity on the tel can be taxing, but is balanced between heavy excavation and meticulous work with small tools. Assignments range from loosening soil with pickaxes or hauling buckets or wheelbarrows of dirt, to trimming the sides of baulks with trowels, sifting for small objects or sweeping the ground to prepare for photography. Afraid that you might not find anything? Have no fear — you will be bringing buckets of pottery back to camp every day!

Afternoon Working Conditions

Work in shaded areas at the base camp includes washing and recording pottery and other artifacts, computer data entry, and other light tasks.

Temperatures and Gear

Daytime temperatures range from 82-95° F. (28-35 C.). Most of the excavation areas are shaded, and a steady breeze relieves the heat on most of the tel for much of the day. It is quite humid, however, and hats, sun block, and water bottles are obligatory. Sturdy boots to protect feet and ankles are also a must. In fact we do not allow sandals to be worn during work hours.

Program Costs

Room and Board: $490 per week

Session 1 (3 weeks): 19 June – 7 July 2011 = $1,470

Session 2 (3 weeks): 10 – 28 July 2011 = $1,470

Both Sessions (6 weeks): 19 June – 28 July 2008 = $2,940

Airfare is not included in the above costs, nor is food or individual travel on the weekends (Friday-Saturday), nor is the cost of the credit courses ($400 each).

All payments will be due in full by 1 March 2011. Those canceling between 2 March and 1 June will receive a half-refund, while those canceling between 2 May and 1 June will receive only a quarter-refund, and those canceling after 1 June will receive no refund at all, except under extenuating circumstances.

Application Procedures

Prospective volunteers must complete a preliminary application, which can be found by clicking the above “Application” link. For questions, please contact directly:

Eric H. Cline, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Associate Professor of Classics and of Anthropology (Ancient History and Archaeology)

The George Washington University, 345 Phillips Hall, 801 22nd St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

Tel: (202) 994-0316, Fax: (202) 994-2156; Email: ehcline@gwu.edu

Web Pages: http://home.gwu.edu/~ehcline/