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2011–2018 Report: “The Ḥuqoq Synagogue Excavations: Report on the 2011–2018 Seasons,” in Lee I. Levine, Zeev Weiss, and Uzi Leibner (eds), Ancient Synagogues Revealed: 1981-2022 (Jerusalem: Israel Exploration Society), 48-65.

Levant: 16 August 2022: A Late Medieval Synagogue at Ḥuqoq/Yaquq in Galilee? 

Biblical Archaeology Review, May/June 2019



BAR Article:  Inside the Huqoq Synagogue

BAR Article:  Artistic Influences in Synagogue Mosaics:  Putting the Huqoq Synagogue in Context

2014-2017 Preliminary Report

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Qadmoniot 156 (2018)

Hadashot Arkheologiyot

The staff of the Huqoq Excavation Project has released a preliminary report each year through the Israel Antiquities Authority Publication Hadashot Arkheologiyot.  To access these volumes on-line, please follow the links below

Huqoq 2011 Preliminary Report

Huqoq 2012 Preliminary Report

Huqoq 2013 Preliminary Report

Huqoq 2014 Preliminary Report

Huqoq 2015 Preliminary Report

Huqoq 2016 Preliminary Report

Huqoq 2017 Preliminary Report

Huqoq 2018 Preliminary Report

Huqoq 2019 Preliminary Report

Other scholarly publications:

“Scenes in Stones: Newly Discovered Mosaics from the North Aisle in the Huqoq Synagogue,” Studies in Late Antiquity 5.4 (509-579) by Karen Britt and Ra’anan Boustan, 2022

Cornerstone (Arabic), 2021

Karen Britt and Ra̒anan Boustan.  The Elephant Mosaic Panel in the Synagogue at Huqoq: Official Publication and Initial Interpretations. Supplement 106 in the Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series. 2017.

M. J. Grey and C. S. Spigel, “Huqoq in the Late Hellenistic and Early Roman Periods,” in D. A. Fiensy and J. R. Strange (eds.),Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods, Volume 2, The Archaeological Record from Cities, Towns, and Villages (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015), pp. 362-378.

M. J. Grey and C. S. Spigel, “News from the Field: Huqoq Excavation Project, Part I,” Bible Odyssey (2015) online at

J. Magness, S. Kisilevitz, K. Britt, M. Grey, and C. Spigel, “Huqoq (Lower Galilee) and Its Synagogue Mosaics: Preliminary Report on the Excavations of 2011-2013,” Journal of Roman Archaeology 27 (2014), pp. 327-355.

J. Magness, S. Kisilevitz, M. Grey, C. Spigel, B. Coussens, and K. Britt, “Huqoq 2013,” Excavations and Surveys in Israel (Hadashot Arkheologiyot) 126 (2014), at

J. Magness, “Burning Foxes in the Vineyards of Huqoq,” Et-mol 234 (2014), pp. 2-4 (in Hebrew).

“Huqoq (Lower Galilee) and its synagogue mosaics: preliminary report on the excavations of 2011-2013” (Magness, et. al.) – Journal of Roman Archaeology

M. J. Grey and J. Magness, “Finding Samson in Byzantine Galilee: The 2011-2012 Archaeological Excavations at Huqoq,” Studies in Bible and Antiquity 5 (2013), pp. 1-30.

D. Amit, “Mosaic Inscription from a Synagogue at Horvat Huqoq,” Biblical Archaeology Review (2013), posted at

J.Magness, S. Kisilevitz, M. Grey, C. Spigel, and B. Coussens, “Huqoq – 2012,” in Excavations and Surveys in Israel (Hadashot Arkheologiyot) 125 (2013), posted at

J. Magness, “New Mosaics from the Huqoq Synagogue,” Biblical Archaeology Review 39.5 (2013), 66-68 (

J.Magness, “Spätantike Mosaiken in Huqoq entdeckt,” Antike Welt 5 (2012), p. 6.

J. Magness, “Huqoq – 2011,” in Excavations and Surveys in Israel (Hadashot Arkheologiyot) 124 (2012), posted at

“Finding Samson in Byzantine Galilee: The 2011-2012 Archaeological Excavations at Huqoq” (Matthew J. Grey and Jodi Magness) – Studies in the Bible and Antiquity

“‘The Redeemer to Arise from the House of Dan’: Samson, Apocalypticism, and Messianic Hopes in Late Antique Galilee” (Matthew J. Grey) – Journal for the Study of Judaism

“New Huqoq Mosaics: Huqoq Synagogue in Israel Reveals Additional Depictions of Samson in the Bible” – Biblical Archaeology Review

“Scholar’s Update: New Mosaics from the Huqoq Synagogue” (Jodi Magness) – Biblical Archaeology Review