Being a new excavation (the tell has never been excavated before), Assawir is your opportunity to become involved with a dig at the very beginning. Located 8 miles east of Caesarea, Tel Assawir is situated on the entrance to the important Wadi ‘Ara pass. The tell was suggested by Albright (1923) to be a contact point between the coast controlled by the 'Northern Sea-People' and the Israelites who settled in the hill country.

A preliminary survey and the first season of excavation recovered figurines, seal, pottery and stone objects. These objects are strong indications of Tel Assawir’s archaeological promise. Our main goals for the first season are to establish the site’s chronology and to find its fortification system.