Field Report on the 2020 German-Israeli Tell Iẓṭabbā Excavation Project (Beth She’an), Israel

Philip Ebeling, Meir Edrey, Tamar Harpak, Achim Lichtenberger, Oren Tal

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This article deals with the results of the second excavation campaign of the German-Israeli Excavation Project at Tell Iżṫabbā, which is the location of the Seleucid-period founded town of Nysa (Scythopolis). The second excavation campaign, which forms the third season of our joint German-Israeli research project, was carried out in the month of February 2020; the focus of the season was an excavation in a new area (Area D) located between the previously opened areas of excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authority (Area Z) and ours (Area C) in the southeastern terrace of Tell Iżṫabbā (East). As in the previous seasons, the excavated evidence sheds light on the Seleucid-period foundation site and its Hasmonean destruction and also produces records on earlier (mainly Early Bronze Age) occupations. Most remarkable was the exploration of a late antique 'Podium Building' and the examination of Roman architectural decorative items providing insights into the post-Seleucid occupation history of the site.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-74
Number of pages15
JournalZeitschrift des Deutschen Palastina-Vereins
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • Archaeological expeditions -- Germany
  • Bet She'an (Israel) -- Antiquities
  • Excavations (Archaeology) -- Israel -- Bet She'an


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