Expedition to Beth Shean

Beth Shean was to be the first major excavation in the Near East after World War I. Work began with cutting into the medieval and classical strata of the tell’s high southern platform, which uncovered evidence of an Ummayadqasr-type (palace or mansion) walled enclosure, an unusual Byzantine round church, and seven Byzantine houses. Investigations expanded to include a necropolis and Byzantine monastery near the city’s northern edge, from which came many of the artifacts currently on display.

The Earliest Pottery of Beth-Shan

By: Gerald M. FitzGerald

Volume XXIV / Number 1

IN the latter part of 1933 the tenth season of the excavations by the University Museum, Philadelphia, at Beth-shan was completed. This important Palestinian city, which lies on the banks of the small river Jalûd at the eastern end of the Valley of Jezreel and overlooks the Jordan Valley, has had a long history.1 On […]

The Palestine Expedition

Report of the 1928 Season

By: Alan Rowe

Volume XX / Number 1

THE excavations at Beisan, the ancient Beth-shan, were recommenced on August 27, 1928. The staff for the 1928 season consisted of Dr. I. Ben-Dor as archæological assistant, Mrs. Alan Rowe as recorder of antiquities, Mrs. A. Bomberg as secretary, Messrs. C. Kent and O. Avedissian as draughtsmen, Ahmed Effendi Abd El-Aziz as surveyor, Mr. G. […]

The 1927 Excavations at Beisan

Final Report

By: Alan Rowe

Volume XIX / Number 2

IN my last report I described the eight main levels on the tell in which excavations were made at the commencement of what has been a most successful season. During the rest of the season, now closed, we have worked only in the following levels: (1) Thothmes III—the level formerly termed ” Lower Pre-Amen-ophis III” […]

The Expedition at Beisan

By: Alan Rowe

Volume XVIII / Number 4

THE excavations which have been conducted annually since 1921 at Beisan, the biblical Bethshan, by the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, were commenced this year on the 25th of August, and will continue until the rainy season begins early in January. My staff consists of Mr. H. J. Hine, Chief Archæological Assistant, Mrs. Alan […]

The Discoveries At Beth-Shan During The 1926 Season

By: Alan Rowe

Volume XVIII / Number 1

The excavations conducted at Beisan, the biblical Beth-Shan, by the Palestine Expedition of the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, were resumed on the 21st of August last, and continued until nearly the end of December. It is gratifying to record that the finds made during this season were in every way as important as […]

The Temples Of Dagon And Ashtoreth At Beth-Shan

By: Alan Rowe

Volume XVII / Number 3

During the campaign of 1925-26 the Museum’s Expedition at Beisan, ancient Beth-Shan in Palestine, discovered altogether four Canaanite temples, two being made during the time of Rameses II, King of Egypt 1292-1225 B. C., one under the reign of his predecessor, Seti I, 1313-1292 B. c., and one during the Tell el Amarna period, 1375-1350 […]

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Discovery Of The Temple Of Ashtaroth

Report Of The Expedition To Palestine

By: Alan Rowe

Volume XVI / Number 4

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The Expedition To Palestine

Volume XVI / Number 3

Work upon the excavations at Beisan, having been interrupted for a year, was resumed upon September first. The season from November to March, inclusive, is the time of rains in the Jordan Valley but it is also the cooler and more salubrious season. The rains are not heavy and at no period continuous for many […]

The Church At Beisan

Discoveries By The Expedition To Palestine

By: Clarence S. Fisher

Volume XV / Number 3

In the JOURNAL for December, 1923, Dr. Fisher described the excavations at Beisan. The present article has particular reference to that part of the excavations that had to do with the early Christian Church on that site. That Church, built in the early part of the fourth century, is the oldest Christian Church that has […]

The Expedition to Palestine

Beisan as Seen from the Air, Royal Air Force Photographs

By: Clarence S. Fisher

Volume XV / Number 2

NOTE.—The services to archaeology rendered by the Royal Air Force in the Middle East were briefly referred to in the last number of the JOURNAL in connection with the Joint Expedition to Ur in Mesopotamia where photographs of the ruins were made from the air. Similar fine work was done by another squadron of the […]