International MA Program in Prehistoric Archaeology

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Situated at the top of the Carmel Mountain, amidst the Carmel National Forest, with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Galilee, the University of Haifa provides the perfect setting for your international graduate studies.

The University of Haifa is one of Israel’s leading research universities, the largest in the north. It is a microcosm of Israeli society dedicated to academic excellence and social responsibility.

An exciting and inspiring cultural mosaic, the university has a diverse population of 18,000 students made up of secular and religious Jews, Christian and Muslim Arabs, Druze and Bedouin, new immigrants and native Israelis and a growing number of students from around the world. We invite you to become one of them.

The Department of Archaeology, founded in 1973, is an interdisciplinary department that combines archaeological sciences, environmental archaeology and bio-anthropological courses in research-oriented programs. 

The International MA program in Prehistoric Archaeology has the objective of providing students with an opportunity to take part in ongoing research of the impressive prehistoric archaeology of Mount Carmel. The University of Haifa, located atop of one of the highest peaks in the Carmel range, provides the ideal setting for this field of study.


Prof. Dani Nadel , Program Director, Department of Archaeology



The program starts at October 22, 2017, ends at September 2018.

The deadline for the application is May 31st, 2017.


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Scientific article published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA

The earliest evidence of using flower beds for burial, dating back to 13,700 years ago, was discovered in Raqefet Cave in Mt. Carmel, during excavations led by the University of Haifa. In four different graves from the Natufian period, dating back to 13,700-11,700 years ago, dozens of impressions of Salvia plants and other species of sedges and mints (the Lamiaceae family), were found under human skeletons. “This is another evidence that as far back as 13,700 years ago, our ancestors, the Natufians, had burial rituals similar to ours, nowadays”, said Prof. Dani Nadel, from the University of Haifa, who led the excavations.

The Natufians, who lived some 15,000-11,500 years ago, were of the first in the world to abandon nomadic life and settle in permanent settlements, setting up structures with stone foundations. They were also among the first to establish cemeteries - confined areas in which they buried their community members for generations. The cemeteries were usually located at the first chambers of caves or on terraces located below the caves. In contrast, earlier cultures used to bury their dead (if at all) randomly. Mt. Carmel was one of the most important and densely populated areas in the Natufian settlement system. Its sites have been explored by University of Haifa archeologists for dozens of years.

The discovery sparked worldwide interest and was covered by numerous publications, television news channels and radio stations, the most prominent and widely-circulated of them are linked below: