Archaeological Field School

Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project
(6 credit hours)

  • ANTH 2930 T60 Introduction to the Archaeology of Israel and Canaan, Part 1: Tell es-Safi (3 credit hours)
  • ANTH 2930 T61 Introduction to the Archaeology of Israel and Canaan, Part 2: Tell es-Safi (3 credit hours)
  • ANTH 3910 A60 Archaeological Field School (D,E) (6 credit hours)
  • JUD 2650 - Field Studies in Biblical Lands (6 credit hours)

This travel/study course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to gain academic knowledge in the Archaeology of Israel and practical experience in the recovery and analysis of the material remains of an ancient culture.  The course takes place during the four-week dig season at Tell es-Safi, identified as Canaanite and Philistine Gath (home of biblical Goliath!) and Medieval "Blanche Garde." It is one of the largest pre-classical sites in the Levant, settled continuously from late Prehistoric through modern times. Since 1996, excavations at the site (directed by Prof. Aren M. Maeir) have revealed fascinating and groundbreaking finds, including the earliest known siege system in the world, the earliest deciphered Philistine inscription, and extremely rich and well-preserved evidence of various cultures, peoples, and historical events, spanning some six millennia of occupation. The University of Manitoba team directed by Prof. H. Greenfield is excavating the earliest levels of the site, when it first became a city, during the Early Bronze Age (c. 5000 years). It was one of the largest and most important cities in ancient Canaan.

Come join us on this exciting adventure!  Students will participate in all aspects of the project, including both field and laboratory work. In the field, they will participate in the various tasks that take place at the base camp, such as the washing and reading of pottery and bone. Presented by the project staff and distinguished guest lecturers, lectures on topics relating to the site, the archaeology of ancient Israel and Canaan, and archaeological methods will be held several times weekly.

All local accommodations and arrangements are made directly with the Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project (see link below). Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and must be in Tell es-Safi, Israel in accordance with the published course dates.

Academic fees are payable to the University of Manitoba. Tuition fees vary for international students. Students must register in 6 credit hours. Details on courses are available online at the Extended Education link below. In order to participate in a travel/study course, all students  must sign an Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Liability Waiver that outlines risk and shared responsibility associated with travel/study, and have permission of the instructor. Students are advised that a passport and visa are required.

Information on obtaining travel documents is available from:

  • Foreign Affairs, 1-800-567-6868.
  • Students are advised to contact the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority for information on overseas immunization requirements, (204) 940-8747.
  • For information regarding accredited academic programs and applications, please contact Professor Haskel Greenfield at Haskel.Greenfield@umanitoba.ca.
  • For information on accommodations, fees, site arrangements, and volunteer program, please contact: www.dig-gath.org
  • Information on admission and registration, contact: Extended Education, Summer Session, (204) 474-8008, http://umanitoba.ca/extended/summer/.

Click here for details on how to apply!


Dr. Haskel J. Greenfield, University Distinguished Professor
Co-Director Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory (NEBAL)
Professor, Anthropology; Associate Member, St. Paul’s College
204 272 1591
Haskel.Greenfield@umanitoba.ca