The Department of Theology and Ministry at Concordia University, Saint Paul participates in the Hippos Excavations of the Zinman Institute of Archaeology of the University of Haifa at the Hippos/Sussita National Park above the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee at Ein Gev.

Since 2002 the Concordia Team has been excavating the Northeast Church, a mono-apsidal structure 50 meters east of the temple complex of the city and itself part of a larger configuration of rooms.  Distinctive to the church are its burials in the chancel — one of which is a revered elderly woman. Beginning in 2010, the Concordia team has broadened its work to address the larger area north of the Decumanus Maximus and east of the Roman basilica within which the Northeast Church is located.  This larger project bears the name Northeast Insulae Project.

The Concordia Team concluded its field excavations with the 2016 Season. A study season was held in 2019. The Project is now moving into its publication phase, which will include

  • Expansion of the archives on this web site
  • Revision of the annual reports
  • Issuance of a Final Report on the Northeast Insulae Project

The goal is to complete most work in 2021.