January/February 2018: Join us at Ramot excavation - 28/1-2/2/18

After a short excavation on December, we will be back at the field from Jan 28th till February second , 2018.

If you want to join us, please contact Dafna at:


For more details about the project, please read below.

The "Ramot Project" - tracing ancient agriculture

The study is carried out at one of the hillslopes of Jerusalem – Ramot. Within the hinterlands of Jerusalem, more than half of the hillslopes are terraced, most notably those to the west draining the Wadis Soreq and Refa’im. A zenith in agricultural activity in these valleys is assumed to have roughly corresponded with peak periods in Jerusalem’s economy,

namely the Middle Bronze and Late Iron Ages (early 2nd millennium BCE and 8th-6th centuries BCE, respectively). However, this correlation has never been tested. Our study specifically aims at establishing an independent chronology and re-contextualizing terracing activity in

the hinterland of Jerusalem. Employing an explicit interdisciplinary approach, proxies from geography, archaeology, archaeobotany, and paleogeomorphology will be integrated.

Soil in-fills of agricultural installations will be dated using Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL). Research main objectives are (i) to establish an accurate chronology for the agricultural activities at this area (ii) to identify the type of crops cultivated at this region through time; (iii) to describe the mode of agriculture prior to the terraced landscape; and (iv) to try to distinguish between natural and anthropogenic soils.

The study is being conducted together with: Yuval Gadot, Yelena Elgart, Nitsan Ben-Melech, Uri Davidovich and Naomi Porat.