hippos (sussita) excavations Project
The ancient city of Hippos (Sussita) of the Decapolis is located on a hill, 2 km. east of the Sea of Galilee. It is one of the most exciting ancient cities of the Holy Land, continuously excavated by our team for over 20 years.
The project operates under the auspices of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa and partners with the German Protestant Institute of Archaeology, ASOR, and Center for Field Sciences.
2023 Excavation Season
The 2023 summer excavation season is officially open for registration. Join us!
Do you seek academic credits? Enroll through Center for Field Sciences for 8 semester credits!
G. Staab, A. Kowalewska and M. Eisenberg, Two Additional Inscriptions from the Martyrion of Theodoros in Hippos of the Decapolis, ZPE 222, 2022: 131–137.
M. Eisenberg, The Basilica of Hippos of the Decapolis and a Corpus of the Regional Basilicae, In A. Dell’Acqua and O. Peleg-Barkat (eds), The Basilica in Roman Palestine, Adoption and Adaptation Processes, in Light of Comparanda in Italy and North Africa, Edizioni Quasar, Italy, 2021: 153–184.
M. Eisenberg and A. Kowalewska, Funerary podia of Hippos of the Decapolis and the phenomenon in the Roman world, Journal of Roman Archaeology 2021.
A. Pažout and M. Eisenberg, The Territory of Hippos: Its Settlement Dynamics and Development from the Hellenistic to the Late Roman Period as Seen through Spatial Analytical Methods, Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 38, 2021: 1–15.
M. Eisenberg, A Visitor's Guide to Ancient Hippos, Haifa 2021.
M. Eisenberg, Hippos (Sussita) of the Decapolis: The First Twelve Seasons of Excavations (2000-2011), Volume II, Haifa 2018.
Recent in the Media
New Inscriptions in Roman City in Israel Shed Personal Light on Early Christians (Haaretz 20/11/2022).
Excavating Hippos and the Last Roman Theater in the World (Haaretz 12/05/2021).
Miracle of the Multiplication Mosaic Found on ‘Wrong’ Side of Sea of Galilee (Haaretz 21/08/2019).
6th-century inscriptions near Galilee may show Christians’ fading Greek literacy (The Times of Israel 25/07/2019).
Israeli Archaeologists Discover How Ancient Romans Pulled Off Their Monumental Architecture (Haarez 26/06/2019).