Archaeological Geophysics Project at Tel Bet Yerah, Israel


June 26 – July 29, 2010

This field school will be offered through the Costen Institute and in collaboration with Tel Aviv University and will introduce students to archaeogeophysical methods, which allow us to “see” archaeological features buried beneath the ground surface. Students will be given hands-on instruction in these methods in the context of the ongoing Tel Bet Yerah Research and Excavation Project (TBYREP). Dramatically situated on the southern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Israel, Tel Bet Yerah is the site of a large fortified Early Bronze Age town. In 2010 we will explore a large expanse of the site where virtually nothing is known about the subsurface, and image areas where monumental structures and waterworks may be located.

The Archaeological Geophysics Field School will be held in conjunction with the Archaeological Field School at Tel Bet Yerah.

Dr. Eileen Ernenwein
Dr. Eileen Ernenwein at Tiwanaku, Bolivia


Dr. Eileen Ernenwein (Turn on JavaScript!) is a Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas. She specializes in ground-penetrating radar and other near-surface geophysical methods. She has conducted archaeo-geophysical investigations in the Middle East, Europe, South America, and widely in the USA.


Students will enroll through the UCLA Field Program site and will be accepted based on timely completion of the application process.


Hostel accommodations at Ohalo Manor, 3-4 students per room, shared showers/bathrooms, free wireless internet. Swimming in Lake Kinneret.

Tel Bet Yerah
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Breakfast, Lunch and evening meals will be provided. Students are responsible for meals on their days off (Friday – Saturday).
Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs, as well as any medical or physical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.


Students will be able to benefit from several organized fieldtrips. The first will be an introductory tour to the mound and its surroundings. A full day fieldtrip on Friday in the third/fourth week of the excavation will take you to some of the famous archaeological sites of Israel. Weekly afternoon trips will include archaeological sites currently under excavation (to be announced at a later date), and other places of interest around Lake Kinneret.

Weekends can be used to rest and relax at the Ohalo or for independent sightseeing. Please consult with the staff about independent travel during the program.


You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements to Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV). El Al Israeli Airlines is the only airline that flies directly from Los Angeles to Israel three times a week.  Many other US carries fly from hubs throughout the US to Tel Aviv, as are almost all European carries through hubs in Europe.  The summer is the high tourist season in Israel and advanced purchase of your ticket may substantially reduce its cost.

On Saturday, June 26, a complimentary bus departs from Ben Gurion airport to Ohalo. Exact departure time and pickup location will be provided at a later date.
Following the last day of the field school there will be transportation back to Tel Aviv.

Weekend sight-seeing on days off is your responsibility.


HEALTH INFORMATION (vaccination, precautions)
For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to Israel, please read the Centers for Disease Control .

A valid passport is required to enter and depart Israel. Please visit the US State Department web page for additional information.