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ABR is actively monitoring the impact of the corona virus in Israel. Currently the risk appears to be extremely low - the same or less as one faces in the United States. As an added layer of precaution, medical doctors and nurses will be among this summer's volunteers and staff. The Israeli government has taken the precautionary step of closing entry by foreign tourists for the next two weeks. They will then reevaluate the situation and make further determinations. Since the 2020 tour/excavation does not begin for another 7 weeks (May 8th), we encourage participants to not act out of fear but to take common sense precautions such as purchasing flight cancellation insurance in the unlikely event that things worsen. Should it become necessary to cancel the Dig, ABR will refund payments in full (minus a small % for CC refunding and processing fees). For the time being, ABR is extending the due date for final payments to April 30, 2020. Registration will remain open for volunteers until April 30th as well.

We are hopeful and praying that the situation will be resolved before Season Four begins. Please join us in prayer that the virus be brought under control, and that Israel will re-open its entry to tourists so that our plans may move forward. Please be assured that the ABR staff and board trusts in the sovereign control of our Lord, and we will be praying and exercising wisdom with discernment as we make decisions about the 4th Season at Shiloh.

Sincerely Yours, The ABR Team (March 11, 2020)



“Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell…” –Jeremiah 7:12


May 8, 2020 - June 22, 2020




 Pre-Dig Tour: Friday May 8 to Sunday May 17, 2020 with Dr. Scott Stripling

Four Weeks of Excavation: Sunday May 17 to Saturday June 13, 2020 (Join us for 1 to 4 weeks!)

Post Dig Tour: Sunday June 14 to Monday June 22, 2020 with Gary Byers, Assistant Shiloh Dig Director




The Shiloh Excavation is one of ABR’s (Associates for Biblical Research) 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).

Do you want to help with this historic dig? Click on ONE of these links for more information:

  • Do you want to get your hands dirty and join us on the dig? You can find out more information on volunteering for the dig by clicking here
  • Can’t join us on the ground, but want to be part of our special Shiloh Financial Team and support the Dig? You can do that by clicking here



ABR fulfills its mission through memberships and generous donations from supporters.

Join us in our mission! No matter what your level of interest, from keeping abreast of the fascinating research that comes out of the field work, to actively participating in an archaeological dig, you can become an integral part of our ministry.

Please click here for our support page.


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