Jezreel Valley Regional Project Archaeology and History of a Regional Landscape

Pre-season Study Tour of Sites in Northern Israel

June 17 to June 22, 2017



This 5-day pre-season tour is intended to provide participants with a regional overview of archaeological material in northern Israel. The tour includes visits to numerous sites which represent a broad chronological range from the the Early Bronze Age to the Early Islamic and Crusader eras. Visits to the sites are accompanied by historical, archaeological, and geographical lectures given by JVRP staff members. This program will provide an enriching experience for all participants and contextualize the excavations at Megiddo and Legio within the regional and chronological framework of the area.

Cost: $1500

Included in the Cost


3 nights at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek (same accommodations as the excavations)

2 nights at Ramot Naphtali Avitan Guest House (Moshav Ramot Naphtali; home of the Tel Kedesh Excavations)


Breakfast and Dinner every day (Lunch included Sun, only; other days lunch at your expense)



Bus from airport on June 6 and throughout tour.



LP: "Lecture Presentation" by JVRP Staff

T: "Guided Tour" by JVRP Staff and/or Specialist

MC: Melissa Cradic

RH: Dr. Robert Homsher

RC: Dr. Rangar Cline

MJA: Matthew J. Adams


Saturday, June 17, 2017

17:30 Bus from Ben Gurion/Arlozorov to Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek (MC)

19:30 Dinner at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek

20:00 Welcome Reception

Sunday, June 18, 2017

8:00 Breakfast at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek

9:00 LP: Introductions and Tour Overview, including sites (MC and RC)

10:00 LP: Geography and Geology of Israel (RH)

11:00 Time to pack for Ramot Naphtali

12:00 - 16:00: Bus to Ramot Naphtali

XX - Lunch (out) at XX

16:30 LP: Historical Overview: Early Bronze Age through Iron Age (RH)

17:15 LP: Historical Overview: Babylonian/Persian Period to the Crusades (RC)

19:00 Dinner at Ramot Naphtali

Monday, June 19, 2017

6:00 Breakfast at Ramot Naphtali

7:30 Bus to Dan

8:00 T: Tel Dan

11:00 Bus to Lunch

11:30 Lunch (out)

12:30 T: Caesarea Philippi/Baniyas (Iosi Bordowicz, National Parks Authority)

15:00 Nimrod’s Fortress (Iosi Bordowicz, National Parks Authority)

16:30 Bus to Ramot Naphtali

19:00 Dinner  at Ramot Naphtali

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

5:30 Breakfast at Ramot Naphtali

6:30 Bus to Bethsaida

7:00 Bethsaida (Rami Arav, University of Nebraska)

9:00 T: Hippos/Sussita (Michael Eisenberg, Haifa University)

11:30 Lunch at Ein Gev (out)

14:30 T: Tel Hazor (Shlomit Bechar, Hebrew University)

17:00 Bus to Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek

19:00 Dinner at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

6:00 Breakfast at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek

8:00 T: Sepphoris (RC)

11:00 Bus to Nazareth

12:00 Lunch in Nazareth with Free Time to Explore Church of Annunciation

15:00 T: Nazareth Village

17:00 Bus to Salara Brewery

17:30 Dinner at Salara Brewery

19:30 Bus to Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek

Thursday, June 22, 2017

7:00 Breakfast at Kibbutz Mishmar HaEmek

8:00 T: Beth Shean

11:00: bus to Akko

13:00 T: Akko stuff

17:30: Dinner at Akko

19:30 Bus to Mishmar HaEmek

Friday, June 23, 2017

A bus will be arranged to take people to Jerusalem returning on Saturday afternoon

Free Day

Be sure to go to store (no food provided Fri and Sat)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Free Day

19:00 Report to Dinner for JVRP Legio


*This itinerary is subject to minor changes.


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