Tel Shiloh

Uncovering Biblical Shiloh

Ancient Shiloh was first established in the Middle Bronze (MB) II period, around 1650 B.C. It was expanded in MB III, around 1500 B.C. and was continuously occupied until the middle of Iron Age I (around 1050 B.C.) when it was destroyed by the Philistines (see I Samuel 4). It was rebuilt in Iron II (980–587 B.C.) and was occupied through Early Roman times. The Byzantines built a number of impressive structures there. Most importantly, it was the center of Israelite worship. The tabernacle was erected at Shiloh and may have been later replaced by a more permanent structure.

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Shiloh was excavated for three seasons by a Danish team between 1926 and 1932 and again in 1963. Israel Finkelstein worked the site from 1981–84. A very large deposit of burned cultic bones was uncovered, confirming a sacrificial system. The Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria renewed sporadic excavations in 1988. To date, the Bronze Age gate has not been found, but there was a glacis and fortified wall that surrounded the site.
Excavations are sponsored by the Associates for Biblical Research. The team will be excavating in the northwestern sector of the site. We will excavate the summit of the tell, re-examine previously discovered bone deposits, reassess Late Bronze pottery, and explore possible Iron II remains.
Volunteers may join us for one to four weeks. A fifth week with post-dig touring options, artifact analysis and wall restoration work are also available. No experience is required. Volunteers will be trained, and evening classes are provided during the week. Weekend tours are also available.

Scott Stripling

Scott StriplingDr. Scott Stripling was the director of the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavations from 2014 to 2016 and is now the director of the Shiloh Excavations. He serves as the Provost of The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas. Stripling has earned two Master’s degrees as well as a D.Min., and is currently working on his Ph.D. at Trinity Southwest Seminary. Previously, he worked as a field supervisor at the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan and for two seasons as a supervisor at the Temple Mount Salvage Operation in Jerusalem.

Dig Directors

Scott Stripling

Geographic Location

Khirbet Seilun: 20 miles north of Jerusalem

Periods of Occupation

Middle Bronze II through Iron II, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic

Dates of the Dig

May 20 – June 16, 2018

Minimum Stay

One week

Application Due

March 15, 2018


$1,050 for one week; $2,000 for two weeks; $2,850 for three weeks; $3,600 for four weeks; subsequent weeks reduced - airfare not included.

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution



Ritz Hotel, East Jerusalem. Double/triple Occupancy. Full amenities. Two meals a day on weekends. Contact Henry Smith with questions or for a price quote.


Mr. Henry Smith, Jr.
Associates for Biblical Research
PO Box 144
Akron, PA 17501
Phone: 717-859-3443

Open for tours

Yes — by appointment