The Thirty Second Season – Summer 2023
Dates of the season: July 9th -August 18th 2023
First session: July 9nd – July 28th (checkout Friday, July 28th)*
Second session: July 30th – August 18th (checkout Friday August 18th)
* It is possible to stay until Sunday, July 30rd with extra payment. Please contact us if you would like to stay longer.
Prospective participants are asked to fill out the application form found below (Google form).
The cost of participation is $1700 per session or $3150 for those who register for the entire period.
The sum must be paid prior to your arrival at the dig in one of the following ways, no later than May 1st:
1) By bank transfer: Please contact us for the details of paying by this method. This is the prefered payment method.
2) By credit card: Please send us by email your credit card information (name of card holder, number of card, expiration date).
Please note: Checks, Money transfers or Travelers Checks are not accepted. You may contact us for any questions or problems.
In addition participants should bring with them to Israel a modest amount to cover personal expenses and additional travel before and after the dig. All major credit cards are respected in Israel, and it is possible to draw cash in ATMs and cash in travelers checks.
All correspondence regarding payment or any other questions can be made to Debby Sandhaus:
In the event of cancellation of participation, the following refund policy will apply:
1) Cancellations effective before April 30th will receive full refund (not including a nonrefundable $100 registration fee).
2) Cancellations effective after April 30th but before June 1 will receive a refund of 50% of their payment.
3) Cancellations effective after June 1, 2023 will not be refunded.
This refund policy is in effect since we order and pay for services according to pre-planned numbers of participants. Thus, we must have sufficient prior notice of cancellations so that we are not charged for these services. All cancellations must be done by email and must receive a written confirmation before they are effective.
The expedition will be staying at the Kibutz Kfar Blum to the north of Tel Hazor: All the rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, TV and a kitchenette. The kibbutz is located on the banks of the Jordan River. Kfar Blum also has a swimming pool, basketball courts, a large supermarket, a coffee shop, as well as a pub. Free wifi is available throughout the compound
Work at the site is from 5:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the last week of the season, work is from Monday to Thursday. On weekends participants may stay at the holiday village and relax or travel on their own. Such tours will cost extra payments. A series of lectures during the week will provide introductory training in field archaeology and the interpretation of finds. Academic credits are available through the Rothberg School for Overseas Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Daily Schedule: Work will proceed according to the following schedule, Monday through Friday :
4:45 Bus leaves for site
5:00 Work begins
7:00 Coffee and tea break
9:30 Second substantial breakfast
10:00 Work resumes
13:00 End of field work and pottery washing
14:00 Lunch – main meal (back at the kibbutz)
15:00 Siesta, relaxation
17:00 Pottery reading (for those interested).
19:00 Lectures – as announced
21:00 Suggested bed-time.
Weather in Israel: Mornings and evenings are cooler (15-20 centigrade) while days are hot (25-35 centigrades) and usually rather dry. Some days can be somewhat humid, but it seldom rains during the summer.
You will find your colleagues to be mature persons who are sensitive to the needs of others and committed to the project’s success. If every one conducts herself or himself in this manner, the staff will not intervene in one’s personal affairs or habits. The surest sign of maturity and commitment is a ready response to the alarm clock (which gets to be more difficult as the season progresses…) Since this is usually set at 4:00 a.m. it is wisest to turn in by 21:00 or 22:00 on work nights, to nap during the mid-day rest period, and to catch extra sleep on weekends. Fatigue has a cumulative effect!
The project operates with few rules and regulations. Serious misconduct or irresponsibility which endangers others could result in dismissal from the excavations (Gladly – this has never happened in over ten years of operation of our previous project , The Yoqne’am Regional Project, nor in the previous 30 seasons of the Hazor excavations).
The program is rewarding but demanding. The hours are long and the sun hot and bright. No one should apply who lacks the energy and enthusiasm to profit from three or six intense weeks of hard work and enjoyment.
Recommended Personal Needs
Work Clothing: for the field, two changes.
Bring things which are sturdy, light in weight and color, and easy to launder. Since the sun is very intense, you may need to wear long sleeves and pants until you get used to the conditions. Remember that loose clothing is more comfortable than tight, and that synthetic fibers tend to be hot.
Work Shoes: Should be sturdy and comfortable, provided with solid traction soles for protection and footing on rocks. Sneakers are not recommended (at work) and sandals are not suitable at all: You may drop a stone on your foot! Closed work shoes are mandatory for working on the tel (you will not be allowed to work without them).
Casual Clothing: For afternoons and weekends. One moderately dressy outfit is in order, but keep in mind that dress in Israel is informal.
Sun hat or head covering: you will not be permitted in the field without it!
Work gloves: essential even for those with the toughest hands. The gloves should be sturdy but flexible. You will probably go through two pairs. These with leather palms and ventilated backs are ideal.
Bathing suit and towels
Sweater and/or windbreaker
Toilet items (American brands or equivalent are available in Israel, but are more expensive).
Medical needs: Sun screen, moisturizing cream, chap-stick, eye drops, basic first-aid kit, and a season’s supply of special medication. Again, American brands are available but are more expensive.
Bathrobe and shower clogs, small mirror, cloth line and clothespins
Liquid detergent in a plastic bottle, small canteen: We provide water in the field, but you might find a small canteen useful, especially on weekends.
Students may arrange to receive academic credit (undergraduate or graduate level) through the Rothberg International School. These credit points can be transferred to the student’s home institution. The cost is 80$ for the application fee and 120$ for 1 academic credit point, each equals 1 week of participation (students can get up to 6 credit points for the whole season). These sums are paid directly to the Rothberg International School in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Students opting to receive academic credit should state their intent upon registration, and the directions for application to the credit program will be sent by mail, together with a confirmation of their acceptance to the dig.