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Bethsaida Biblical Archaeology

Uncovering Biblical History

The University of Nebraska at Omaha leads a consortium of universities in excavating Bethsaida, an important city in biblical history located on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Dr. Rami Arav, professor of religion and philosophy at UNO, re-discovered the site and identified it as Bethsaida in 1987. Since 1990, UNO has led a consortium of institutions in uncovering and studying artifacts. Their work has shed new light on the archaeology of the Bible Land and the way scholars interpret the Bible.

Each summer, faculty and students from UNO, consortium members, and the general public travel to Bethsaida to continue excavations and archaeological study. Learn how you can Join the Dig.

Bethsaida Biblical Archaeology


The Bethsaida Biblical Archaeology project is an educational, interactive project in which students take part and learn all the skills of archaeological excavation. They learn land surveying methods and how to record, sort, catalogue, photograph, and analyze artifacts. Every summer, students and faculty from UNO and international partner universities, as well as archaeological enthusiasts from the general public, gather at Bethsaida to unearth more layes of this biblical city. Learn how you can Join the Dig.


Take a virtual tour of Bethsaida and meet some of the archaeologists and volunteer excavators in this 9-minute YouTube video.

2014 dig season

Preparations for the summer 2014 dig are underway. Learn how you can Join the Dig during one of these sessions:

Session 1 May 18 to May 31
Session 2 June 8 to June 21
Session 3 June 22 to July 5

Sessions can fill up fast - don't delay!