Welcome to the Kinneret Regional Project Website!

Kinneret Regional Project is an international archaeological expedition to the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee under the auspices of the Universities of Bern (Switzerland), Helsinki (Finland), Leiden (The Netherlands), Mainz (Germany, until June 2013) and Wofford College (Spartanburg/SC, USA) in collaboration with the Finnish Institute of the Middle East (FIME). Since 2006 Kinneret Regional Project is officially joined by students from Tartu (Estonia) and since 2010 by students from Bucharest University (Romania) with support from the Romanian Cultural Institute. The current excavations at Horvat Kur are sponsored by


Kinneret Regional Project’s academic goal is to explore the cultural history and material heritage of the region on the northwestern shore of the Lake of Galilee with a special focus on the Bronze- and Iron Age city on Tel Kinrot and the Roman-Byzantine village on Horvat Kur.

While excavations on Tel Kinrot under the auspices of University of Bern, University of Helsinki, Leiden University and Mainz University have temporarily been interrupted since 2008 and are now in process of analysis and publication, a team from Bern, Helsinki, Leiden and now Wofford College has been exploring Horvat Kur and its surroundings since 2007.

In the next future Kinneret Regional Project will continue to unearth the village and synagogue of Horvat Kur. A yearly field school complements the archaeological work and includes guest lectures by renowned local and international scholars.

The 2013 campaign has two goals. First, the field team will finish excavating the Byzantine synagogue found in 2010 on Horvat Kur and explore its historical development. At the same time, a lab team will continue analysis of finds from Tel Kinrot to prepare them for publication with the support of a grant from the The Shelby White & Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications.

Students from all over the world are invited to join Kinneret Regional Project in exploring the fascinating and important cultural heritage on the Lake of Galilee.