Sponsoring Institutions


The Leon Levy Foundation, founded in 2004, is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization created by the estate of Leon Levy to provide support for programs begun by Levy and his wife, Shelby White.  The Foundation continues Leon Levy's long-standing enthusiastic support for the expediton to Ashkelon, which dates to the inception of the excavation in 1985.

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Boston College, a Jesuit university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, is consistently ranked as a top-tier university with a committment to academic excellence.  The Boston College Department of Theology faculty members have long offered important leadership to the Expedition, and several have directed different aspects of the field program.

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Established in 1860 as a co-ed institution, Wheaton College, is a private, residential, and interdenominational Christian liberal arts college, where the pursuit of faith and learning is taken seriously.  Wheaton College has offered a program in Biblical Archaeology for 60 years, and the Wheaton Archaeology Museum continues to maintain a teaching collection of more than twenty thousand artifacts from the Ancient Near East.  In 2007, Wheaton became a sponsor of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon under the direction of the excavation’s Co-Director, Professor of Archaeology Daniel M. Master. Now Wheaton faculty, staff, and students participate in the excavation every summer.


The Harvard Semitic Museum is one of the Harvard University Museums, housing collections of archaeological materials from the Ancient Near East.  The Semitic Museum sponsors archaeological field research into the complex societies of the Near East, with special emphasis on those ancient cultures related to the world of the Bible.  In addition, the Museum, through its Harvard Semitic Museum publications: Semitic Series, Semitic Monographs, and Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Levant, publishes archaeological, historical, philological and cultural studies of the Near East, many of which present the research of the department faculty and their students.  Every year, the Museum coordinates and sponsors the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon, led by Museum Director and Dorot Professor of the Archaeology of Israel Lawrence E. Stager.  Harvard faculty, staff, and students participate in this endeavor.

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Troy University is a public university located in Troy, Alabama.  In addition to the Troy campus, the university has three additional campuses in the state and several associated sites in the United States and abroad.  It offers both on-campus and online academic programs and has a history of service to traditional, nontraditional, and military students.

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