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***NEW Winter Dig 2022 Update! 09/17/21***
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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).

9/17/21 UPDATE

ABR would like to announce that we plan 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


7/01/21 UPDATE

Dear ABR/Shiloh Team,

My congressman’s office and the Israeli embassy just notified me that we have hit a bypass. We are out of time to take further actions, so regrettably we are cancelling the Summer 2021 expedition. Once we have clarity and stability on entrance requirements, we will reschedule. This winter (December/January) and Summer (May/June) 2022 are possibilities. I am grateful for your prayers and support. We can all rest in God’s sovereignty and be confident that this will turn out for our good.

With affection and appreciation,


Scott Stripling, PhD
Director of Excavations

6/23/21 UPDATE

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.

Many blessings!


Scott Stripling, PhD
ABR Director of Excavations

6/8/21 UPDATE

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


06/3/21 UPDATE
Letter to Dig Team

Dear ABR Dig Team:

As we get closer to July, the guidelines for entering Israel are becoming clearer. The most updated information can be found here:

After reviewing this site, you need to be aware of the following issues listed below.

Please note that this summary is our best, good faith effort to interpret and summarize the publicly posted information on entry into Israel. ABR cannot guarantee 100% certainty:

  1. You must complete an “Inbound Passenger Statement” within 24 hours of departure from the U.S. The online form is available at the link above.
  2. You will need to travel with proof that you are fully vaccinated or that you have recovered from COVID-19 and have the resultant antibodies. You must present a valid Recovery Certificate or Vaccination Certificate as documentation. If you are an American, this is problematic since the U.S. government is not issuing these certificates. we recommend that you have your vaccination card notarized. This carries more weight in Israel than it does in the U.S. If you have recovered from COVID-19 and are not vaccinated, we suggest that you seek a notarized statement from your primary physician.
  3. You will take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your departure from the U.S. Some U.S. cities have this testing available at their airports. It is critical to know this in advance. When you land, you will take another COVID-19 test at Ben Gurion International Airport.
  4. You will take a serological (blood) test at the airport or another yet to be determined location. You may not leave our hotel until you receive a text message or e-mail stating that you have been cleared. This notification should occur within 24 hours of your arrival. You will pay for these tests. The amount remains unspecified. Credit cards will probably be accepted, but it is a good idea to travel with extra cash, just in case they are not accepted. You may also be required to pay for an electronic bracelet (cost TBD).
  5. You must present proof of health insurance, including a section covering the Coronavirus disease. You should call your insurance company right away to request a personalized verification of coverage. Do not take “no” for an answer. Considering buying a supplemental health insurance travel policy as well.

In summary:

  1. Complete an “Inbound Passenger Statement” within 24 hours of departure.
  2. Arrive at your departure airport with the following: A.) Recovery Certificate or Vaccination Certificate, B.) Personalized statement of insurance coverage specifying COVID-19 coverage, and C.) Proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of departure. This might be available at your airport.
  3. Upon arrival in Israel be prepared to present the things mentioned about and to do the following: A.) Take a COVID-19 test, B.) Take a serological test (could be at a different location), and C.) Obtain an electronic bracelet. Pay for the tests and the bracelet.
  4. Proceed to the hotel and do not leave the hotel until you receive a text or e-mail message that you have been exempted from isolation.

Important Information - Ministry of Health *5400, Telephone: 08-6241010, WhatsApp: 050-7925400, Email:

Due to the uncertainties, we recommend that you purchase your tickets with flight cancellation insurance (if possible). We will be forced to cancel the pre-dig tour to accommodate this news. The post-dig tour, four weeks of excavation, and restoration week will occur as planned - enshala.

Here is the revamped schedule as of 5/21/21:

Pre-dig tour - CANCELED (see below)*

Sunday, July 4 - Set up the dig day
(all dig weeks check in Sunday PM, check out Saturday AM)
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)

Post-dig tour - Sunday Aug 1 to Sunday Aug 8 (check in Sat July 31st PM & check out Mon Aug 9th AM)

We are on the verge of important discoveries at Shiloh. Please pray for wisdom as we navigate through the coming weeks and months.

Digging the Bible!
Scott Stripling, PhD
ABR Director of Excavations

* Because of the new requirements and entry dates set by the Israeli government, ABR will be unable to conduct the pre-Dig Tour in 2021. If you have booked flights arriving before July 1st, contact your airline to reschedule. Then, please contact Henry Smith with your new participation dates. All pre-dig tour participants who paid for the tour in full can choose to receive a refund or credit towards the 2022 excavation season. We will work closely with you to ensure your participation on the Dig in 2021.

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