Why Jezreel?

  • In 2013, the Jezreel Expedition broke ground in its first excavation season. Click the photo to watch a video about the dig!
  • Click photo to learn more about the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Jezreel Expedition seasons.
  • Meet the members of our multinational team intent on exploring the archaeology and history of greater Jezreel.

Why Jezreel?

wineryVatJezreel is a remarkable site with a long and fascinating history.

Perched on the foothills of the Gilboa mountain range in Israel’s lower Galilee, Jezreel commands an unparalleled view of the fertile Jezreel Valley at its narrowest point. Located on the ancient international highway the Via Maris (the biblical ‘Way of the Sea’), midway between Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) and Bet Shean (Scythopolis), Jezreel acted as a sentry controlling its junction with the mountain route (the biblical ‘Way of the Patriachs’) that leads to Samaria and on to Jerusalem. It is no wonder that Jezreel features prominently in the biblical narrative as the site of Naboth’s vineyard (1 Kings 21) and Queen Jezebel’s gruesome death (2 Kings 9). 

In 2012, the Jezreel Expedition conducted an aerial LiDAR (light detection and ranging) scan of greater Jezreel as well as a traditional foot survey. During our first two excavation seasons in 2013 and 2014, the Jezreel team unearthed remains dating to the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Early Bronze, Middle Bronze, Iron Age, Roman, Medieval, and Islamic periods, and revealed a new site – a lower tel – situated directly above the spring ‘Ein Jezreel. 

The Jezreel Expedition is sponsored by the Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa and the University of Evansville in Indiana. Our archaeological field school is certified by the Register of Professional Archaeologists and the Jezreel Expedition is affiliated with the American Schools of Oriental Research. We are grateful to our consortium partners – Chapman University, University of Arizona, Vanderbilt University, Villanova University and Wesley Theological Seminary – for their support. 

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Do you want to be part of the Jezreel Expedition's 2015 season but just can't participate this year? Consider adopting a tool! A $20 donation will cover the cost of one pick axe, hoe or small pick. We will even monogram it with your name/initials or any clever saying you wish to have inscribed on it. Follow us on Facebook May 25-June 19 to see your tool in action! In the US, send a check payable to University of Evansville to Jennie Ebeling, Archaeology and Art History, 1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47722. Please message/email me for more information. Thanks! ...

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