Archaeology & Land of Israel Studies

Archaeology & Land of Israel Studies


Why choose Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology?

"A people that is not aware of its past, has a meager present and an unclear future", said Yigal Alon, commander of the Palmach (The elite unit of the Haganah), and later a Member of Knesset and a Minister in the Israeli Government.  This is true for any people, and even more so for the Jewish people. An extensive and comprehensive knowledge with Israel's geography, history and culture, is a vital asset for any Israeli or Jew who wishes to fully grasp his or her national and cultural identity.  

An academic degree in Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology provides students with a rich background in the history, archaeology, geography and ecology of the Land of Israel and surrounding countries, and prepares them for a broad range of careers. Whether in research (in history, archaeology, geography and related fields), in formal educational frameworks (such as elementary and high school, colleges, and universities), and for a career as a tour guide for tourists and travelers of all ages, both local and foreign. 

Why choose Study Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan?


Because you deserve the best education

The Department offers a unique and unparalleled curriculum relating the history, archaeology, geography and cultures of the Land of Israel, from Prehistoric through Modern times. It offers a unique combination of academic studies and in-the-field training and laboratory experience, and excels in its multidisciplinary approach and exceptional openness and flexibility.  In addition to the broad range of courses that are offered and the option of specializing in any number of historic eras, each student may construct his or her own study program, according to specific fields of interest. 

The Department offers B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. study tracks for degrees in Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary research of the Land of Israel and its history, from Prehistory to the Modern Period. The Department's courses cover topics such as: historical geography, archaeology and material culture in biblical times, history and cultures of the Second Temple era, History of the Medieval Period, and the Land of Israel during the Modern Period.

The Department offers courses that provide certification for archaeologists wishing to direct archaeological excavations (as required by the Israel Antiquities Authority) and occasionally offers courses for certified tour guides. 

Because this is the only Department combining Land of Israel and Archaeology Studies
The Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University is the only department in Israel that combines these two fields in a seamless manner and a broad and rich curriculum. 

Because of our world renowned faculty members
The Department's faculty members includes some of Israel's (and the world’s) leading experts in a broad range of topics, who are well-known in the academic and public world, publish prolifically in scientific journals and appear regularly before the public in Israel and throughout the world.

Because of the excavations, surveys and field trips

Students of the Department regularly participate in field trips, archaeological excavations and surveys, and other research projects. The regular in-the-field learning adds exciting aspects of adventure and challenge, and cultivates a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the students.

Because of our Institute of Archaeology

The institute of Archaeology operates as part of the Department's activities, and manages all of the archeological activities taking place within the framework of the University. Institute staff include more than twenty senior and junior researchers actively engaged in fieldwork and other research. This includes teaching and conducting archaeological field schools during the excavations, as well as experiments and other activities.
For more information about The Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, refer to the Department's website or check out the Department's   page.


Last modified: 01/02/2017