First week of the Austro-Israeli Expedition to Lachish

Our first week of our first campaign to Tel Lachish is over. Almost 30 volunteers and staff from 14 different countries and 3 continents began cleaning and excavation of David Ussishkin’s (Tel Aviv University) Area S on the western edge of the Tel. Here, the former expedition excavated down to Stratum S-3, dateable to the Late Bronze Age IIA. So far, we cleared two squares down to the Stratum S-3 walls and we will continue to go down in the next week. Our squares are in the capable hands of Ann-Kathrin Jeske and Vanessa Becker (both University of Vienna), while Lyndelle Webster (Austrian Academy of Sciences) is sampling the area for short-lived material suitable for radiocarbon dating. Week 1 also presented us with some nice imports and small finds, such as Cypriot White Slip Ware, Mycenaean pottery, some beads, and one possible Assyrian sling stone of the 701 BC siege by Sennacherib.

Photos by Jellie

Still looking for volunteers …


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

We are an international team of Austrians, Israelis, Germans, Czechs, Slovaks, Italians, Swiss, Greeks, Brits … continuing the excavation of Area S (Middle and Late Bronze Age).

Dates: 16 July 2017 – 11 August 2017

Application due: 1 June 2017

Flights will be subsidized with 350,00 EUR

Accommodation and board will be provided by the project.

Looking forward working with you this summer!

Tel Lachish 2017 Application Form

Tel Lachish 2017 General Information

New publication: Chronological Conundrums (JAEI 13, 2017)

The University of Arizona just published a special issue of the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections, edited by Felix Höflmayer and Susan L. Cohen on “Chronological Conundrums”:

Höflmayer, F. and S. L. Cohen, (eds.). 2017. Chronological Conundrums. Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 13. ISSN: 1944-2815.

The issue assembles papers that were given at the member-organized session “The Middle Bronze Age in the Southern Levant Revisited: Chronology and Connections” organized by Felix Höflmayer and Susan Cohen at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research 2016.

The issue includes papers by Felix Höflmayer; Susan L. Cohen; Steven Falconer and Patricia Fall; Eric H. Cline, Assaf Yasur-Landau, and Andrew Koh; Matthew J. Adams; Katharina Streit; and Sturt W. Manning, Gojko Barjamovic, and Brita Lorentzen.