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 reports.

NBC Today Show: https://www.today.com/video/lost-city-where-saint-peter-lived-may-have-been-unearthed-in-israel-1021542979549
Jerusalem Post:
Haaretz: http://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/1.805402
National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/jesus-bible-apostles-bethsaida-israel-archaeology/
Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4768416/Birthplace-Apostle-Peter-Israel-archaeologist.html
Haaretz: Lioness: 

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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