Call for volunteers for Tel Lachish 2018


We are looking for volunteers to join us for our second season on Tel Lachish this summer!

Dates: 8 July 2018 – 3 August 2018

Application due: 1 March 2017

Accommodation and board will be provided by the project.

Looking forward working with you this summer!

Tel Lachish 2018 Application

Tel Lachish 2018 General Information

Tracing Transformation at the 2017 ASOR Annual Meeting


Don’t miss papers presented by our people at the 2017 ASOR Annual Meeting at the Westin Boston Waterfront!

Thursday, 16 November

2:50pm: Felix Höflmayer & Katharina Streit, Tracing Transformations in the Southern Levant at the Transition from the Middle to the Late Bronze Age (Otis)

3:15pm: Katharina Streit, Fluctuating Connectivity of the Levant and Mesopotamia—A
Longue Durée View of Long Distance Ties from the Pottery Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age (Otis)

3:25pm: Ann-Kathrin Jeske, Reassessment of Seals and Scarabs to Reconstruct Egyptian Engagement in the Southern and Central Levant (Griffin)

Friday, 17 November

11:25am: Lyndelle Webster, A Radiocarbon-Based Chronology for Late Bronze Age Tel Azekah (Hancock)

Thank you for a great first season!

We finished our fourth and last week of the Austro-Israeli Expedition to Lachish. We continued our deep section next to our massive Late Bronze Age Phase S-3 building in Square C/9, uncovering more courses of the foundation, currently standing approximately 1.7 m high. Further, we were able to uncover wall remains of an even earlier phase, currently termed S-4. Pottery retrieved from baskets next to our new S-4 wall contained predominantly Late Bronze Age I pottery, but also occasional Middle Cypriot White Painted imports, Middle Bronze Age cooking pots and double handles, substantiating our expectation for Middle/Late Bronze Age transitional levels below. A younger pit in the C/9-C/8 baulk contained a broken capital similar to those found in the Egyptian Acropolis Temple. Lyndelle took last short-lived samples for radiocarbon analysis, which will be analyzed in September in Groningen in cooperation with Michael Dee.

We are thankful for four exciting weeks excavating at Tel Lachish. We are grateful to the Israel Antiquities Authority and its director Israel Hasson as well as to the Nature and Parks Authority and its chief archaeologist Tsvika Tsuk for their support and advice. We would also like to thank the former excavator of Tel Lachish David Ussishkin for his encouragement and company. Further, we felt honored by the interest and support of the Embassy of Israel to Austria and its Deputy Head of Mission Hadas Wittenberg Silverstein and the Austrian Embassy in Israel and its Ambassador Martin Weiss.

Special thanks go to Ilan Sharon from Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his advice and support of this project.

Further, we would like to acknowledge the hard work of all our staff and volunteers who stayed with us for our first season, we very much enjoyed having you around and we very much hope to welcome you back in the future.

Photos by Jellie to whom we are most grateful for his work and commitment!

Tel Lachish Open Dig Day 2017

Yesterday we had the honor to host the first open dig day of the Austro-Israeli Expedition to Lachish. For the past 3 weeks, we excavated Late Bronze Age remains in David Ussishkin’s Area S and we were honored to welcome many friends and colleagues to the site to show them our progress. We were especially happy to welcome the Austrian ambassador Martin Weiss, the director of the Israel, the chief archaeologist of the Nature and Parks Authority Tsvika Tsuk, Ilan Sharon, Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and, most importantly, David Ussishkin, Professor emeritus of Tel Aviv University, former incumbent of the Austria Chair for Archaeology of the Land of Israel in the Biblical Period and excavator of Tel Lachish from 1973 to 1994. Also other colleagues who were involved in the expedition of Tel Aviv University and published in the five volume end report followed our invitation, such as Eli Yannai, Yehuda Dagan, and Lily Singer-Avitz, and we used the opportunity to discuss with them future excavation strategies and had fruitful discussions about the local and imported pottery excavated during the season. We would also thank Dothan Traubman for his invaluable logistical support and are looking forward to a next open dig day in the coming season 2018.