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***NEW Winter Dig 2022 Update! 11/29/21***
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The Shiloh Excavation is one of ABR’s most important research projects. The Tabernacle stood at Shiloh for 300 years, where the people of Israel gathered to worship. This is where the Ark of the Covenant resided! We have a number of core goals for the Shiloh dig:

  • Investigate the location of the biblical tabernacle and any associated structures.
  • Uncover evidence of the biblical sacrificial system.
  • Understand daily life in Israel at the time of the Conquest and the period of the Judges.
  • Introduce the new technologies of wet-sifting and computerization in the field.
  • Equip students and volunteers with the knowledge and skills needed to scientifically excavate in the Land of the Bible.
  • Build on the regional understanding of life in the Highlands of Israel gained by ABR's previous excavations at Khirbet Nisya (1979-2002) and Khirbet el-Maqatir (1995-2016).


***11/29/2021 UPDATE***


Report here:

  1. ABR is keeping the Winter Dig scheduled, with the hope that the restriction will be lifted.
  2. Payments are now due on December 17th.
  3. Please pray that the borders are reopened!



***10/23/21 UPDATE***



Based on the best information available, we are recommending the following for all volunteers for the January 2022 Season:

  • 1. Purchase Flight and Trip Cancellation Insurance that will cover all your costs due to a COVID related (or other) cancellation.
  • 2. Previously, we had been advised that travelers should attempt to travel together in groups of at least five persons. It appears that Israel will lift this restriction (see below), but travelers assume all risks.
  • 3. Travelers may coordinate with each other by initiating contact on the ABR Shiloh FaceBook page. The ABR staff can assist with connecting travelers, but is unable to coordinate and organize flights and travel for volunteers.
  • 4. Flights regularly go out of Newark, NJ to Tel Aviv, so this may be a logical gathering point for groups in the US.
  • 5. ABR will provide travel information that can be shown to the airport officials if needed. NET Tours is assisting us with this.
  • 6. Volunteers are responsible for abiding by all COVID related requirements set forth by the Israeli government

 ABR plans to conduct a Shiloh excavation this upcoming winter season for three weeks in January. While some details will have to be released after this initial announcement, the following link will provide current information for the Winter Dig: Shiloh Winter 2022 Excavations & Tours


May-June 2022 Shiloh Excavation Dates. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Pre Dig Tour: check in Sat 5/14. Tour Sunday 5/15 to Saturday 5/21.
Set Up day Sunday 5/22
Week One 5/23 to 5/27
5/28 OFF
5/29 TOUR
Week Two 5/30 to 6/3
6/4 OFF
6/5 TOUR
Week three 6/6 to 6/10
6/11 OFF
6/12 TOUR
Week Four 6/13 to 6/17
6/18 OFF
Post Dig Tour Sunday 6/19 to Monday 6/27 AM check out
Week Five RESTORATION Monday 6/20 to Friday 6/24


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All subject to change without notice (UPDATED 9/17/2021)

The winter 2022 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. This winter season, ABR will offer optional weekend tours of important sites in Israel led by our ABR professional dig staff.

The Shiloh Winter Excavations will be conducted for 3 weeks in January 2022.
- Participants may choose to join for one, two, or all three weeks.


Three Weeks of Excavation
Saturday January 1st: PM Check In
Sunday January 2nd: Set Up Day
January 3-7: Week One
January 8-9: Optional Weekend Touring
January 10-14: Week Two
January 15-16: Optional Weekend Touring
January 17-21: Week Three
Saturday January 22nd: Check Out

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There are multiple steps involved. All steps must be completed!

1. Click Here to fill out registration form: (off-site link)
A confirmation letter and registration packet will be emailed to you after receipt of your deposit, including extensive information on traveling, safety, further study, touring, lectures, etc.

2. Download and complete the Liability Release form
Make sure to intial and complete all witness signatures required. Minors must have a guardian signature as well.
This form must be scanned and emailed to: OR mailed to the ABR office: Associates for Biblical Research / PO Box 144 / Akron, PA 17501

3. Submit FULL PAYMENT per individual via check or card. (due December 10, 2021)
Help ABR save on Credit Card bank fees by paying by check, if you are able. Mail check to the ABR office: Associates for Biblical Research / PO Box 144 / Akron, PA 17501

Debit / Credit Card Payment and Instructions
Go to our secure donation page:

  1. In the ONE TIME GIFT field, click on OTHER and enter the proper dollar amont.
  3. Fill out the rest of the form. You will make your payment through PayPal.
    ***You do not need a PayPal account. You can use your Credit Card through PayPal.

4. Meet the Dig Team on Facebook! (optional)
Join the Shiloh facebook page right now to interact with others who are also going to Shiloh! A great place to tag yourself and easily share photos and videos that the ABR staff posts as you are on the excavations... start discussions... ask questions... get connected!

Click here:

Contact Henry Smith, Adminstrative Director, with questions or for a price quote.

ABR office: 717-859-3443 / 800-430-0008

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Excavation / Dig Costs
Saturday January 1st (PM check in)

1. One Week: Sat Jan 1 to Sat Jan 8 [or any one week interval, Saturday to Saturday] (AM check out) $1200

2. Two Weeks: Sat Jan 1 to Sat Jan 15 [or any two week interval, Saturday to Saturday] (AM check out) $2100

3. Three Weeks: Sat Jan 1 to Sat Jan 22 (AM check out) $3000

4.  Jan 8-9 or Jan 15-16: optional weekend touring (paid in cash in Israel)

These rates include:
- Double or Triple occupancy (SINGLE ROOMS MUST BE REQUESTED AND ARE LIMITED -- extra $60 per night and must be approved in advance)
- 3 meals a day (Lunch is ONLY included on Dig days, and not on weekends during the Dig season)
- Transport by bus to and from the Dig
- Evening education classes

(Participants are responsible for the cost of their flight which is not included in the dig costs listed above.

****Because of COVID restrictions, volunteers will be required to travel to and from their country of origin in groups of five or more to qualify as a tour group and enter Israel. Because of these restrictions, check in dates and times will be restricted. More will be announced as Israel’s COVID policy evolves throughout the Fall of 2021.****

The owners of the Ritz Hotel will be upgrading our accommodations 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

No deposits will be collected, but full payment is due December 17, 2021 (DATE UPDATED 11/29/21)

- Some Dig participants may be asked to bring $300 US Dollars cash to Israel and submit to the ABR staff as their final payment (deducted from their total payment accordingly). Many of our expenses are only payable in cash, and transporting large volumes of cash overseas poses security risks. Check cashing in Israel has also become very difficult due to legal restrictions. Thus, having some diggers bring their final payments in cash resolves these problems. Thanks for understanding!

Additional Dig Costs:

Holy Land Weekend Touring 
During the Dig, three weekend trips will be made available to diggers. Park entrance fees, lunch, and bus and/or van costs are not included in package pricing above, but will be paid by participants while in Israel. The costs are very reasonable, about $50-$75 per day.

Contact Henry Smith, Adminstrative Director, with questions or for a price quote.

ABR office: 717-859-3443 / 800-430-0008

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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


Immediately procure a passport from your country. If you already have one, the expiration date of the passport must extend SIX MONTHS BEYOND YOUR DEPARTURE DATE FROM ISRAEL. If you plan to stay for the post-dig tour or on your own, please be absolutely sure your passport postdates your last day in Israel by six months or YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED INTO THE COUNTRY!

No visa is required if you have a passport from an APPROVED country and are staying less than 90 days. If you have other plans or have a non-US passport, please visit the Israeli Embassy webiste.

Bring a clear photocopy of your passport in case you lose it. This will help in procuring a new one.

2. Traveler's and Health Insurance
a. All travelers must purchase traveler's insurance in the event of a family emergency, illness, etc. ABR CANNOT GUARANTEE THE RECOVERY OF ANY MONIES PAID FOR THE TRIP! Be sure your insurance covers travel in the West Bank, which is where Shiloh is located.

b. All travelers MUST have Medical Insurance coverage for this trip. ABR cannot and will not be responsible in any way for any hospital or doctor visits or ambulance transport needed by travelers, whether the result of sickness or injury. To our knowledge, MEDICARE IS NOT ACCEPTED OUTSIDE THE US. All travelers must thoroughly document their medications, and provide family and doctor emergency contact information.

c. Medical Evacuation Insurance should be purchased as well, in case a traveler needs to be transported to US. Without insurance, this could cost more than $100,000.

Tokio Marine offers plans in the West Bank for all three needs: Traveler's, Health, and Evacuation Insurance. For more info:

3. Safety
Safety is of primary importance on this excavation. Each year, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (or KAMAT) and the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) review the situation locally, and determine if it is safe for ABR to dig at the site. Our permit is not granted unless they are sure our site is safe. Shiloh is a national park and is enclosed, and is located along the main security road. The excavation is very safe.

4. Accomodations
We will be staying at the AMBASSADOR HOTEL, located in downtown Jerusalem (Ambassador Hotel Nablus Road 5, Jerusalem. Phone: +972-2-541-2222). It is nestled in the heart of the commercial district, an enjoyable stroll to the Old City of Jerusalem with magnificent holy and historical sites, and is about 45 minutes from Shiloh. The hotel is within walking distance of the Old City, allowing volunteers to easily visit prominent historical and Biblical sites during off-time and weekends. You will easily be able to visit sites such as: the Temple Mount, Western Wall, City of David, Church of the Holy Sepulchre and many more.Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport to the Ambassador will be arranged by NET Tours. Details are TBA.

5. Internet Access
Internet in the hotel is spotty at times. There is one public computer available for use. There is an ATM near the hotel. The rooms have safes.

6. Laundry
a. Wash clothes by hand in bathtubs or sinks and then to hang out the clothes on the balcony (if the room has one). With this option, diggers should use detergent from Israel (US detergent does not work well with the Israeli water).

b. There is a laundry service right across the street from the hotel. A full load, washed and dried, is about $20. Diggers can drop off of their clothes after work and pick them up the next day after work.

7. Tax Deductibility
The monies paid toward the Shiloh excavation are not considered a donation to ABR. However, because you are providing volunteer work for ABR, all expenses related to that work may be deductible as expenses of volunteer work for a non-profit ministry. This does not include any touring. If you live in the US, you will receive a receipt in the mail in the January following the dig. Please consult a tax professional for advice.

8. Please pray for the safety of the Dig team and the success of the Dig!

Contact Henry Smith, Adminstrative Director, with questions or for a price quote.

ABR office: 717-859-3443 / 800-430-0008

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