Excavation in Ashkelon Israel

Situated in southern Israel along the Mediterranean Sea, Ashkelon remains the most significant American archaeological excavation in Israel.


It was the oldest and largest seaport in ancient Canaan, revealing centuries of upheaval from successive Canaanite, Philistine, Phoenician, Persian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, and Crusader occupation. It is also home to such finds as the oldest arched gate in the world, dating back to the early second millennium B.C., and other artifacts now showcased in the Israel Museum.

Each summer, Wheaton students have the opportunity to join the six week dig in Israel, lead by Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, and co-director of the Leon Levy Expedition, Dr. Daniel Master. Dr. Master has worked at Ashkelon each summer since 1992 with Dr. Lawrence Stager of Harvard University. 

This program involves students and volunteers from multiple universities including Harvard University, Wheaton College and Boston College, and gives students on the field experience in one of the world's most exciting archeological digs.

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