May 5, 2020

Dr. Steve Notley and Dr. Motti Aviam have announced that the 2020 excavation season at el-Araj is cancelled. Flooding at the excavation site and the uncertainties of international travel forced the cancellation. I know that many of you share our deep disappointment in this turn of events.  We hope that you will consider joining us next summer in our discovery of Bethsaida – city of the Apostles.

We currently have scheduled the following dates for the 2021 season:

July 9-July 23, 2021

July 23 - August 6, 2021

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