The Bethsaida Excavation Project
Israel • May 16 – June 6, 2019
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The Capital of the Kingdom of Geshur
Several ancient kingdoms flourished in the region from Damascus to Egypt. Each kingdom had a capital city; however, none of the capital cities is preserved for archaeological research today. Bethsaida, the capital city of the forgotten Biblical kingdom of Geshur, is the only capital city in this region that is accessible to archaeologists. The Hellenistic-Roman town of Bethsaida is also mentioned frequently in the Gospels.
How does a dig team work? What do archaeologists look for at a dig? In this documentary DVD, learn how excavators work and what we can learn from archaeology. More information.
Thirty years of excavating Bethsaida revealed unprecedented finds. This season, we will work on the Roman temple of the town.
Rami Arav is a professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the departments of philosophy, religion and history.
1 mile off the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee
Periods of Occupation
Iron Age, Hellenistic, Roman
Dates of the Dig
May 16 – June 6, 2019
May 1, 2019
$850/week. Price includes room and board, round-trip transportation to the site, afternoon lab works, and evening presentations. Price does not include transportation round-trip to the airport, weekend field trips.
Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution
Housing is at the Kibbutz Gadot Guest House. Rooms are equipped with a/c, kitchenette, swimming pool, and grocery. Visit the web site: http://www.gadot-lodging.co.il/viewpage.asp?pagesCatID=5532
Open for tours
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