"We have great faculty who are not just great at teaching archaeology and teaching the Bible, but they are great archaeologists."

Cameron Coyle, 2013 Field Archaeologist


The Tel Gezer Excavation and Publication Project

The Tel Gezer Excavation and Publication Project was a consortium of institutions under thedirection of Steve Ortiz and Sam Wolff. It was a multi-disciplinary field project investigating the Bronze and Iron Age history of the ancient biblical city of Tel Gezer. After ten years in the field, the project ended, having completed its final season in the summer of 2017. Now the staff will be focused on the official publications.


Gezer in the News

The results of the 2017 Gezer season made the news! Read the Newsweek article here, the Haaretz article here, and see a short news story here

For an up close account of the 2017 spring excavation of Gezer's four-room house, see the video here.

Dr. Sam Wolff was a recipient of ASOR's Study of Collections Fellowships. See the ASOR website for the update.

2016 Press Release- See the results from last summer!


Recent Activities

March 12, 2018: Director Dr. Sam Wolff gives Moody Bible Institute students a tour of Gezer lab


March 9-11, 2018: Southwest Commission on Religious Studies

At the ASOR sessions at the annual regional conference, the work of the Tel Gezer Project was well-represented with two staff members giving presentations: 

Cameron Coyle, Field Archaeologist: "So Solomon Rebuilt Gezer: The Rise and Fall of Solomon's Gezer"

Marcella Barbosa, Field Archaeologist: "Tel Gezer Excavation Project: 2017 Season"



There are two additional projects associated with the Tel Gezer Excavations:

    The Gezer Regional Survey: contact Dr. Eric Mitchell (emitchell@swbts.edu)

    Gezer Water System: contact Dr. Dan Warner (dwarner6@cfl.rr.com)


Sponsored by:

The Tandy Institute for Archaeology at

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Consortium Schools

Ashland Theological Seminary
College of the Ozarks
Emmaus Bible College
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary - Marian Eakins Museum
Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School
Lycoming College

Affiliated Schools (Includes previous consortium members):
Andrews University (associate 2013)
Clear Creek Baptist College (former consortium)
Evangel University
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (former consortium, 2006-2013)
Missouri State University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU)

Supporting Institutions

The Gezer Regional Council
Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority

Affiliated with the Amercian Schools of Oriental Research


Contact Information

Dr. Steve Ortiz
Tandy Institute for Archaeology
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 22308
Fort Worth, TX 76122

Dr. Sam Wolff
Israel Antiquities Authority
P.O. Box 586
91004 Jerusalem Israel