The 2019 excavation schedule is represented by two 2-week sessions. Session 1 is scheduled from June 14-28 and Session 2 is scheduled from June 28-July 12. The time spent at the excavation will be supplemented by guest lectures and local field trips. Students and non-students are welcome to join us for this unique opportunity. Academic credit is available for active students. 

Below are some media and video accounts.

(2018) Bethsaida Overview by Sergio and Rhoda in Israel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LKnQgirrvU
(2018) Roman Bath House by Zachary
Wong: https://vimeo.com/288368080 
(2017) NBC Today Show:
(2017) Jerusalem Post:
(2017) Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.805402
(2017) National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/jesus-bible-apostles-bethsaida-israel-archaeology/
(2017) Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4768416/Birthplace-Apostle-Peter-Israel-archaeologist.html
(2017) Haaretz: Lioness: 
(2017) Haaretz: 

See also the El-Araj Excavation Project website at: https://www.elarajexcavations.com/
See also the daily blogs posted by Dr. Steve Notley at: https://www.facebook.com/elarajexcavations

Below is Area A of the excavation with staff and volunteers at the end of the 2018 season. 



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