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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).

Dear Friends,

I am profoundly disappointed that due to the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic we were forced to cancel the 2020 summer excavation at Shiloh. My attention has now turned to the 2021 season. The ABR team is on the verge of major discoveries at Shiloh, and I would love for you to be a part of this. We will also be filming a major documentary in 2021.

Registration is now open (July 2020)!

I encourage you to make plans to register for summer 2021. Each registration that comes in puts a smile on my face.

Digging the Bible!
Dr. Scott Stripling
Director of Excavations
Shiloh, Israel

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General Information 


Travel Details

Online Registration

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All subject to change without notice (last updated 7/9/20)

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.


Pre-Dig Tour: Friday May 7 to Sunday May 16, 2021
with Dr. Mark Hassler, Field Supervisor & Director of Publications

Four Weeks of Excavation: Sunday May 16 to Saturday June 12, 2021

Post-Dig Tour: Sunday June 13 to Monday June 21, 2021
with Gary Byers, Assistant Shiloh Dig Director



Quick Links: Shiloh Home / General Information / CostTravel Details / Online Registration

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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 $500 deposit per individual via check or card.
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

Quick Links: Shiloh Home / General Information / CostTravel Details / Online Registration

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Several packages are available for one, two, three, or four week participants (diggers).


Excavation / Dig Costs

1. One Week Interval: check in Sunday PM, check out Saturday AM (or any similar one week interval) $1100

2. Two Week Interval: check in Sunday PM, check out 2nd Saturday AM (or any similar two week interval) $2000 [discounted]

3. Three Week Interval: check in Sunday PM, check out 3rd Saturday AM (or any similar three week interval) $2900 [better rate!]

4. Four Week Interval: check in Sun May 16, 2021 PM, check out Sat June 12, 2021 AM $3600 [best rate!]

Tour Costs
includes 3 meals, park entrance fees, bus driver tip, bus transport, and hotel

1. Pre-Dig Tour: Fri May 7 (PM check in) to Sun May 16, 2021 (check out Sun 5/16 AM for those departing) $1600

2. Post-Dig Tour: Sat June 12 (PM check in) to Mon June 21 (AM check out), 2021: $1500

3. Pre-Dig or Post-Dig Tour Price for those participants who dig one, two, or three weeks: $1400 

4. Pre-Dig or Post-Dig Tour Price for those participants who dig four weeks: $800   

These rates include:
- Double or Triple occupancy (SINGLE ROOMS MUST BE REQUESTED AND ARE LIMITED -- extra $55 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

Diggers may join during any interval of time during the 4 weeks. At least two weeks of participation is preferred, but not required. Rates for participation other than 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks can be priced on an individual basis, depending on the availability of hotel rooms. 

As a general statement, if you are able to arrive a day early, it will give you time to get acclimated to the time change. An extra non-dig night is $100 per person, double/triple occupany.

ABR does not arrange group flights.In order to minimize costs, travelers make their own flight arrangements in order to find the best deals possible. Students MAY be able to find discounts at:

A $500 per person deposit is due on a first come, first serve basis. We highly recommend sending in your deposit ASAP after you have completed your online registration to reserve your space.
- Full payment is due March 15, 2021 though we will take applications after that date ONLY if rooms are still available.
- 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 $40-$60 per day.

The weekend options are:
(intinerary is subject to change and is tentative)
- Sat May 22, 2021: Free day in Jerusalem
- Sun May 23, 2021: TBA
- Sat May 29, 2021: Free day in Jerusalem
- Sun May 30, 2021: TBA 
- Sat June 5, 2021: Free day
- Sun June 6, 2021: TBA

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

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

Quick Links: Shiloh Home / General Information / Cost / Travel Details / Online Registration

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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
While digging and on the post-Dig Tour, we will be staying at the Ritz Hotel Jerusalem Hotel Jerusalem, located in downtown East Jerusalem (8 Ibn Khaldoun Street, Jerusalem 9710204). 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 less than 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.  Individual Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport to Ritz Hotel / Jerusalem To get from Ben Gurion airport to Ritz Hotel / Jerusalem, take a communal taxi known in Hebrew as a “sheroot” or “nesher”. Take the taxi/sheroot service stand to Jerusalem, which is on the curbside just outside the airport arrival hall. Tell the driver you want to be dropped off at: Ritz Hotel / East Jerusalem, Ibn Khaldoun St # 8. Tel (02) 6269900.

The drivers are familiar with the location. Other passengers will ride in the same taxi/van with you. They run 24-7, except on Yom Kippur. Getting a Sherut on a Saturday can be difficult at times, so plan to use a taxi if you arrive/depart on a Saturday. The cost is $20.00 (70.00 Shekels) from the airport to Ritz Hotel. For a private taxi the cost is around $80.00 (300.00 Shekels).

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. Tool Donation
If you are able, please bring a Marshalltown Trowel with you and leave it as a small tool donation. This is difficult to find in Israel, and is expensive to transport en masse. So, your help is appreciated! It is available at Home Depot (Click here). NOTE: DO NOT pack the trowel in your carry on luggage! It will likely be confiscated.

9. 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

Quick Links: Shiloh Home / General Information / CostTravel Details / Online Registration


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