Omrit Archaeological Excavations

Williams in OmritWilliams in Omrit is an interdisciplinary learning experience open to all students at Williams College. Students participating in this program travel to Omrit in northern Israel to take part in an archaeological field school co-directed by Professor Benjamin Rubin of the Williams College Classics Department. The excavation season at Omrit normally runs for four-six weeks from late May through late June. This summer Professor Rubin will be taking six students to participate in the project. You can read more about their experiences on the Williams in Omrit blog.

Background

Omrit is a Roman-era sanctuary site located in the foothills of Mt. Hermon, just south of the modern Israeli border with Lebanon.  Archaeological excavations began on the site in 1999, under the direction of Prof. J. Andrew Overman of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. For twelve seasons (1999-2011), Overman and his team worked to uncover the Roman sanctuary at Omrit.  Their excavations revealed evidence that the Omrit temple was built by the Jewish king, Herod the Great, sometime in the late first century BCE.  Read more about the temple on their blog.

Future excavations at Omrit will focus on investigating the urban context of the Herodian temple.  If you think that you may be interested in digging at Omrit, please contact Professor Benjamin Rubin (email: Benjamin.Rubin@williams.edu; phone: 413-597-3731).