Tell Abu Shusha 2020!

This summer we begin a new excavation at Tell Abu Shusha, a medium-sized tell in the Jezreel Valley, about 25 miles southeast of Haifa. Never before has the tell itself been excavated. Sporadic digs around the site indicate that Tell Abu Shusha should be identified with the Roman polis called Gaba, which was founded in 60 BCE by the Roman governor Lucius Marcius Philippus of Syria. Gaba is best known as the site where Herod the Great settled his cavalry veterans. In the Byzantine period, the bishops of Gaba appear in the acts of ecumenical councils. The 2020 season offers an exciting opportunity to explore this important yet poorly understood Roman city in the north of Israel.

Get dirty, make discoveries, meet people from around the world, explore Israel!

Come dig with us!

26 July to 13 August 2020

3-Week Archaeological Field School

Academic Credit Available!

The Jezreel Valley Regional Project (JVRP) is a long-term, multi-disciplinary survey and excavation project investigating the history of human activity in the Jezreel Valley from the Paleolithic through the Ottoman period. This project strives for a total history of the region using the tools and theoretical approaches of such disciplines as archaeology, anthropology, geography, history, ethnography, and the natural sciences, within an organizational framework provided by landscape archaeology.

Volunteer on an archaeological excavation in Israel!

Get dirty.

Make discoveries.

Meet people from around the world.

Explore Israel!