January 25, 2018
A fun and dramatic video of aerial shots of the archeology from Sussita, with a surprising “perspective.” Thanks to Eyal and Visit Israel for posting it.
January 20, 2018
What is a pagan amulet against indigestion doing in a Byzantine church at Hippos? Did the processions of debauchery and drinking honoring the god of wine Dionysus continue during the Christian period? And did the goddess of good fortune Tyche still protect Hippos centuries after the disappearance of belief in the Greco-Roman gods? A new exhibition at the University of Haifa’s Hecht Museum summarizes 18 years of exploration in the ancient city of Hippos
November 12, 2017
Many good friends and colleagues will be presenting about Hippos at the annual meeting of ASOR this week in Boston. Our session is on Friday 17 November. Join us!
Antiochia Hippos of the Decapolis and Its Territorium
Theme: Antiochia Hippos (Sussita) of the Decapolis is the last polis to be unearthed in the Land of Israel. The city, founded upon Sussita Mountain, is the center of on-going archaeological research started at 2000. In recent years, the research has expanded to Sussita’s saddle-ridge area and the Territorium of Hippos.
CHAIR: Michael Eisenberg (University of Haifa)
Introduction (5 min.)
Chaim Ben David (Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee) and Mechael Osband (University of Haifa; Ohalo College), “The Territorial Borders and the Rural Settlements of the Hippos District during the Roman and Byzantine Periods: the Current State of Research and the Contribution from the Recent Excavations at Khirbet Majduliyya” (15 min.)
Adam Pažout (University of Haifa), “Regional Defenses in the Territory of Hippos: A Spatial Analysis Approach” (15 min.)
Michael Eisenberg (University of Haifa), “The Urban Expansion at Hippos (Sussita) during the Roman Period: a Newly Excavated Sanctuary at the Saddle-Ridge” (15 min.)
Arleta Kowalewska (University of Haifa), “The Southern Bathhouse of Antiochia Hippos” (15 min.)
Stephen Chambers (Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Canada), “A Story in Glass: How Distribution Patterns Assist in the Reconstruction of the History of the Northeast Insula” (15 min.)
Mark Schuler (Concordia University, St. Paul), “Re-visioning Structures and Spaces: a History of the Northeast Insula at Antiochia Hippos” (15 min.)
June 14, 2017
We are pleased to announce that we have fully updated the photo gallery collection in the Galleries link on our main menu. You can now see photos from each day of the dig for the last fifteen years. Also there are lots of ceramics, metals, coins, plasters, etc. These raw records are critical as we get started on the final report.
May 7, 2017
Haaretz features the churches at Hippos and the tomb of the revered woman. Dr. Schuler offers his theory of emerging Chalcedonian Christianity influencing architectural changes in the 6th century.
Read more at http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.787712
January 15, 2017
With increased computing power, we are now able to present two larger models that document the final status of the excavation at the end of the 2016 season.
The first shows the North Building, likely a support building and perhaps living quarters for the community maintaining the Northeast Church:
The second shows the entire House of Tyche. It is a very large file and may require several attempts to load it over the internet.
December 30, 2016
A preliminary report accompanied by twenty nine 3D models is now available here or on the Excavation Reports menu of the website. A final report will include additional models, a report on the coins found during the season (several at floor level), further analysis of mosaic fragments, comparanda, and soil analysis from the north water feature.
October 15, 2016
Desiree represented the 2016 season at Sussita by the Concordia Team at the International Archaeology Day sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Archaeology at Macalester College. Her poster was one of ten from area students. She answered questions about our methods, finds, and models. #WeAreCSP