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October 8–21, 2010

The Holy Land: Heritage of Humanity

Escorted by Dr. Yorke Rowan

Travel to Israel with the Oriental Institute!

Uniquely situated at the crossroads of cultures and home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Israel is among the most historically rich areas in the world. Explore the treasures of this country with visits to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Acre, the Galilee, Haifa, Jaffa, and Tel Aviv. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Oriental Institute's newest excavation site in Israel, Marj Rabba, and experience the original thrill of discovery at the ancient city of Megiddo. From prehistoric dwellings, ancient tells, and biblical cities, to Crusader fortresses, world-renowned museums and the modern beauty of the Patrick Geddes' White City, this tour will provide a comprehensive look at this fascinating country.

The Oriental Institute is committed to providing an in-depth archaeological experience of Israel in its entirety. Included in this travel program is exclusive access to the new Oriental Institute excavations at Marj Rabba in the Galilee, directed by your lecturer, Dr. Yorke Rowan. The Oriental Institute has had an archaeological presence in the region since the 1920s, when founder James Henry Breasted sent an expedition to excavate at the site of Megiddo, and we have drawn on our decades of excavation and research in the region to organize behind-the-scenes tours that are not available to other tour groups. This travel program has been designed to be as comprehensive and inclusive as possible and these exclusive experiences have been paired with four- and five-star accommodations and most meals and gratuities are included in the trip package. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience!

Dr. Yorke Rowan is a Research Associate at the Oriental Institute focused on the late prehistory of the southern Levant (Israel, Jordan, and Palestine). Trained as an anthropological archaeologist, his research focuses on the rise of social complexity, craft specialization, and prehistoric ritual and mortuary practices. In addition to Marj Rabba, he is currently investigating two large prehistoric mortuary sites in Jordan.

Space is limited; register early to secure your place!

Itinerary and Registration Form

Please contact the Membership Office at or 773.834.9777 if you have any questions about The Holy Land: Heritage of Humanity or any other Oriental Institute Travel programs.

Revised: April 7, 2010

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