SKIP navigation
Bethsaida Biblical Archaeology

Join the Dig

Almost anyone can dig at Bethsaida. Work requires various levels of physical conditioning, but there is a job for all ages and ability levels. Work includes digging, sifting dirt, washing pottery and other artifacts, and sorting and cataloguing finds.



There's plenty of work to do at Bethsaida - anyone can grab a shovel, a pick, or a screen and help uncover Biblical hisory.

2015 session dates

Here are the dates for the 2015 dig:

Session 1 May 25 to June 6
Session 2 June 7 to June 20
Session 3 June 21 to July 4

Village Rooms full. Dorms still available.

Sessions can fill up fast - register now!

Daily schedule

Work days at Bethsaida are Monday through Friday. You can sign up to stay for a week or more - it's up to you. A typical work day looks like this:

5:30 a.m. Daily work begins
9 a.m. Breakfast at the site
1 p.m. Lunch at the kibbutz
4:30 p.m. Lab works "pottery reading"
7 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Lecture


Volunteer excavators stay at the air-conditioned cottages at Nof Ginosar Hotel on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Please note that all participants must arrange for international health and personal insurance coverage through their own universities and carriers. The participation fee includes a laundry service done once a week. Clinics and a hospital are available in the town of Tiberias, a few miles away from Ginosar.


Participants will stay at Kibbutz Ginosar. Costs are as follows:

Tier Day 1 week 2 weeks
Dorm $95 $645 $1,290
Triple $125 $855 $1,710
Double $175 $1,205 $2,410
Single $190 $1,310 $2,620

Note that triple and double room rates are per person. Prices reflect progressive discounts of $20 for each week of participation.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full reimbursement until March 31, 2015.
  • Cancellation fee of $100 April 1 to 30, 2015.
  • No refunds after May 1, 2015.

Prices include:

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast on site and lunch and dinner at the hotel
  • Transportation from the airport one time at the beginning of every session
  • Transportation daily to and from the site