Dear ABR volunteer,
Today (June 23) the new Israeli government announced that individuals will not be able to enter Israel until August 1st, instead of July 1st. We are working on obtaining special permission and recognition of our group, even though we are not all traveling together. I encourage you to not change your plans until you hear further from ABR. If we are not able to enter as planned in July, we will let you know right away if we will reschedule for August or postpone until next summer. Your prayers are appreciated.
Scott Stripling, PhD
ABR Director of Excavations
The owners of the Ritz Hotel will be upgrading our accomodations to the Ambassador Hotel, which they also own. It is not far from the Ritz. It is located at: Ambassador Hotel Nablus Road 5, Jerusalem. Phone: +972-2-541-2222
All subject to change without notice (URGENT UPDATE 5/21/2021)
The 2021 Shiloh registration is underway! We are looking for those who wish to join us as volunteer participants (no experience needed!) in what is likely to be a historic season of digging at ancient Shiloh. Each year ABR offers Pre-dig and Post-dig Tours of important sites in Israel led by our ABR professional dig staff that you will not want to miss. The tours are open to everyone interested, whether you are a digger during our excavations at Shiloh or not. So the opportunity to tour is open to all! Sign up now for our Pre-dig Tour led by Dr. Mark Hassler of Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, or our Post-Dig Tour led by Dr. Gary Byers of Trinity Southwest University. Sign up now because space is limited...we want to see you in Israel!
The Shiloh Excavations will be conducted for 4 weeks in 2021.
- Participants may choose to join for one, two, three, or all four excavation weeks and can also choose any particular week from a Sunday [3 PM Check In time] to the following Saturday [AM Check Out time].
Tours are also available before and after the dates of the Shiloh dig excavations for any interested person as well as offered at reduced prices for any dig participant.
- Tour includes 3 meals, park entrance fees, bus driver tip, bus transport, and hotel.
- Tourists will stay at the Ritz-Hotel, Jerusalem. Itinerary is subject to change without notice.
- Possible tour sites MAY include: Caesarea, Cana, Nazareth, Megiddo, Capernaum, Bethsaida, Beth Shean, Jericho, Qumran, Bethlehem, Elah Valley, City of David, Hezekiah's Tunnel, Israel Museum, Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea, Western Wall, Temple Mount, Old City, Holy Sepulcher.
DATES (updated 5/21/21)
CANCELED 5/21/21 Pre-Dig Tour: Sunday June 27 to Sunday July 4, 2021 (Sat June 26th PM check in & Sun July 4th AM check out)
Four Weeks of Excavation (all dig weeks Sunday PM check in & Saturday AM check out)
Set Up Day: Sunday July 4
Week 1: July 5-10
Week 2: July 12-17
Week 3: July 19-24
Week 4: July 26-31
Week 5: August 2-6 Restoration Week
Restoration consists of repairing architecture so that it can be viewed by tourists and can withstand being exposed to weather.
Post-Dig Tour: Sunday Aug 1 to Sunday Aug 8, 2021 (Sat July 31st PM check in & Mon Aug 9th AM check out)
with Gary Byers, Assistant Shiloh Dig Director
People who are currently signed up for the pre-Dig Tour or who arriving earlier than July 1st should contact Henry Smith (Administrative Director) to establish their new dates, shift their monies to 2022, or receive a refund.
CONTACT HERE: Henry Smith
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