I am recruiting for the 2011 dig at Tel-Gezer. The dates are June 13 to July 15.
Ashland Theological Seminary is a consortium member of the Tel-Gezer Excavation and Publication Project. In 2009 ATS sent eight students to excavate at Gezer for five weeks (See Photo above). It was a very good experience. This is a well-run dig that is education focused.
We began EARLY each day so as to avoid the hottest part of the day. We left the Tel everyday at noon for lunch. After a few hours off and a dip in the pool, we washed pottery and heard lectures on a variety of topics including archaeology, the history and geography of ancient Israel, and life in modern Israel and Palestine. On the weekends we traveled around the country learning more as we visited various sites associated with biblical events.
If you have never been to Israel this a good opportunity to spend a quality amount of time in the country for less than what it would cost for a ten day tour. If you have never been on a dig you need to participate at least once. If you are minister it will change the way you read the Bible. If you are professor you definitely need to go.
The cost for ATS student is $2,500 plus airfare. Also, you can receive credit towards a biblical studies elective at ATS for no additional cost.
If you are not an ATS student the cost is $300 more.
We will be finalizing our plans in February so if you want to join me next year let me know soon.