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House of David stele, Middle Bronze Age mudbrick gate, Israelite High Place, "tree of life" monument, bilingual "God who is in Dan" inscription
Goals for 2008 season:
We have three main objectives for the 2008 season. First, we will continue to expose the Iron II village architecture just inside the Israelite gate. In the last season, we reached a courtyard from the eighth century BCE in the final days of digging. We will clarify the relationship between these features and the surrounding Israelite city. Second, we will resume excavations outside the Israelite gate, where Avraham Biran discovered fragments of the House of David stela and a peculiar bronze plaque among a collection of extramural buildings, comprising an inn or cultic area. We would like to establish the parameters of this intriguing complex of buildings and collect enough information to determine its function. Will we find any additional pieces of the House of David inscription among these ruins? Come find out! Third, we will most likely open an new area in the middle of the city, where we believe it is possible to discover domestic architecture. This will give us valuable information about the living conditions of Israelites as well as the settlers relocated to Dan after the Assyrian conquest of Israel in the late eighth century BCE.
Banias, Amrit Temple, Nimrod's castle, Snir River Trail, Maayan Baruch Museum, Hazor, Ateret Fortress, Lake Hula Swamps, Beit Ussishkin Visitor Center
Registration: $75 (deadline April 30, 2008, candidates who are not accepted will be have this fee returned)
1 week (without weekend) $350
2 weeks (one weekend) $700
3 weeks (two weekends) $1000
4 weeks (three weekends) $1250
5 weeks (four weekends) $1500
Dr. David Ilan, Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Jerusalem and Dr. Nili Fox, Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati.
Conditions and amenities
Minimum 1 week, residence at Mt. Hermon Field school: generally 2 volunteers per room, a/c, laundry, internet access, hiking trails, home cinema, nearby swimming pool and grocery store (5 minute drive up the hill). Field trips will take place one afternoon each week, for an additional fee ($25; included for students paying tuition). Weekend trips can be organized upon request.