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Dig Scholarship Winner Essays
Every summer, people of all ages and from all walks of life volunteer to participate on archaeological digs throughout Israel, Jordan and other parts of the Mediterranean world. Read the dig experiences of three such volunteers, all of whom were selected as 2008 BAS Dig Scholarship winners.
I Volunteered for This?!
Abel Beth Maacah
The Tel Bet Yerah Archaeological Project
Tel Beth Shemesh
Tel Gezer Water System Project
Abila of the Decapolis
Petra Garden and Pool Project
Find a Dig
Participating on an archaeological excavation is a unique and exciting way to experience history firsthand. For almost two decades, BAS has been connecting volunteers with the opportunity to participate in some of the most exciting archaeological excavations in the Near East. A wide variety of people take part in our featured digs, and individuals of many different ages, backgrounds, and cultures have come together to share the thrill of discovery.
Frequently, participants return with much more than just wonderful memories. Many of our volunteers have forged lifelong friendships—some have even met their future spouses while in the field!
Dozens of archaeological digs throughout Europe and the Middle East are looking for volunteers this summer to help them excavate history. Whether you’re interested in the worlds of Kings David and Solomon, want to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and the apostles, or search for the heroes of the Trojan War, we’ve got an archaeological dig for you. For each dig, we provide an in-depth description including location, historical and Biblical significance, and what the goals are for the season. You can also learn all about the dig directors and professors who will lead your summer adventure.
Submit a Dig
Dig directors, we welcome your submission to include your project in the Find a Dig section of our Web site. Inform our Web readers about your excavation and attract quality volunteers! Please click here to submit your project information and photos.
Find a Dig Poster
Help digs find volunteers! Print an attractive Find a Dig poster and display it in your school, synagogue, church or office.
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