Excavations at Tel Halif were conducted in three phases starting in 1976 by the Lahav Research Project (LRP), a consortium of American institutions led by a group of American scholars. The objective of Phase I, under the direction of Joe D. Seger, was to establish the stratigraphy of the site; this was carried out in four seasons (1976–1977, 1979–1980). Phase II (1983, 1986–1987, 1989), also under the direction of Seger, was mostly devoted to the study of the remains from Early and Late Bronze Ages. Phase III (1992–1993, 1999), under the co-direction of Paul F. Jacobs and Oded Borowski, concentrated on the remains from Iron Age II (eighth century B.C.E.)