Tel Gerisa (Hebrew: תל גריסה) or Tell Jerishe[1] and Tell Jarisha (Arabic), commonly known as Tel Napoleon (Hebrew: תל נפוליאון, lit.'Napoleon's Hill'), as his army camped on it during the siege of Jaffa, is an archaeological site in Tel Aviv, Israel, on the southern bank of the Yarkon River. The main phases of the site are dated to the Middle and Late Bronze Ages, with a smaller settlement in Iron Age I and going into decline in Iron Age II (10th century BCE).[1]

Tel Gerisa, Tell Jerishe, Tel Napoleon
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Tel Gerisa ("Tel Napoleon")
Tel Gerisa is located in Israel
Tel Gerisa
Shown within Israel
LocationTel Aviv
Coordinates32°05′30″N 34°48′27″E / 32.09167°N 34.80750°E / 32.09167; 34.80750
New Israel Grid1820/6667

Tel Napoleon became part of Tel Aviv on 10 January 1946.[2]

Excavation historyEdit

Eliezer Sukenik led the excavations at the site between 1927 and 1951 on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.[3] The Israel Department of Antiquities excavated the site in 1976 (Yigal Yadin and Shulamit Geva). Tel Aviv University's Institute of Archaeology explored the tell between 1981 and 1995 under the direction of Ze'ev Herzog.


The tell is about 500 meters south of the site of the former Arab village Jerisha. The original Bronze and Iron Age name of the settlement is unknown.[1]

It was suggested that "Gerisa has been identified ... with the Levitical city of Gath Rimmon"[1] from Joshua 19:45, by following the opinion of Benjamin Mazar. Gath Rimmon is recorded as having been donated to the Levites by the tribe of Dan in Joshua 21:24 and also by the tribe of Manasseh in Joshua 21:25, but in 1 Chronicles 6:69 it is said to have been given from the lands of the tribe of Ephraim. However, Anson Rainey was convinced that Gath-rimmon is identical with Gittaim and is to be found at or near Ramla.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Negev, Avraham; Gibson, Shimon (2001). Gerisa (Tel);Jerishe (Tell). Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land. New York and London: Continuum. pp. 194–5. ISBN 0-8264-1316-1. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  2. ^ "⁨על השטחים החדשים שנספחו לחל־א‭3י3 ⁩ | ⁨ידיעות עירית תל אביב⁩ | 14 אפריל 1946 | אוסף העיתונות | הספרייה הלאומית".
  3. ^ Israel Antiquities Authority Scientific Archive, File SRF66/6
  4. ^ Rainey, Anson (1998). "Review by: Anson F. Rainey". Journal of the American Oriental Society. 118 (1): 73. JSTOR 606301.

Further readingEdit

  • Geva, Shulamit [1982], Tell Jerishe: The Sukenik Excavations of the Middle Bronze Age Fortifications, Jerusalem: IES, 1982. Qedem15
  • Herzog, Zeev
    • [1983], IEJ 33 (1983), pp. 121–123.
    • [1984], IEJ 34 (1984), pp. 55–56.
    • [1988-1989], HA-ESI 7-8 (1988–1989), pp. 60–62.
    • [1989–1990], HA-ESI 9 (1989–1990), pp. 51–52.
  • Herzog, Zeev and Tsuk, T. [1996], "Tell Gerisa - 1991/1992", HA-ESI 15 (1996), pp. 60–62.
  • Rainey, Anson F. [1990], "Tel Gerisa and the Danite Inheritance", in Zeevy, R. (ed.), Israel — People and Land, Eretz Israel Museum Yearbook, 5-6 (23-24) — 5748-9 (1987-9), Tel Aviv: Eretz Israel Museum, 1990, pp. 59–72.
  • Golan, Dor