Schedule for the 2017 Excavation Season at Khirbet el-Mastarah

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Schedule for the 2017 Excavation Season at Khirbet el-Mastarah

Overall Schedule: Last Updated 05/29/2017  (subject to change without notice)

Week 1

Saturday, June 4: Check in date for students and volunteers at the New Metropole.  Dig Orientation 7-8 p.m.

Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9: Dig at Khirbet el-Mastarah

Saturday, June 10: Megiddo, Nazareth, and Capernaum (St. Peter’s house)

Sunday, June 11: Walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem

Week 2

Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16: Dig at Khirbet el-Mastarah

Saturday, June 17: Beersheba, Museum of Bedouin Culture, and Arad

Sunday, June 18: Qumran, the Dead Sea, and Qaser el-Yahud (site of Jesus’ baptism)

Week 3

Monday, June 19 – Friday, June 23: Dig at Khirbet el-Mastarah

Saturday, June 24: Khirbet Qeiyafa, Valley of Elah, Socoh, and Shiloh

Sunday, June 25: Walking Tour in Jerusalem, City of David, Mt. Zion Excavation

Week 4

Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30: Dig at Khirbet el-Mastarah

Thursday, June 29: Closing Banquet and Team Photos (Traditional Palestinian Meal)

Saturday, July 1: Departing diggers check out AM from the New Metropole Jerusalem.

Note for one, two, or three week diggers: You should plan to arrive in time to begin work on Monday, and then you can join the tours at the end of the given work week. If you want to participate in the Sunday tour, just make sure to schedule your flight for some time after supper Sunday night. You can check out of the hotel first thing Sunday morning, before the day’s tours, and we’ll just keep your things in storage. This will help us keep expenses down while allowing us to enjoy your company before you depart. 🙂

Daily Dig Schedule

4:15 a.m.         Coffee and cookies

4:30 a.m.         Load Bus

4:35 a.m.         Depart for Site

5:15 a.m.         Begin work day at the site

7:00 a.m.         Coffee

9:00 a.m.         Breakfast and break

10:30 a.m.       Fifteen minute fruit break

12:30 p.m.       End of work day at the site

12:40 p.m.       Bus leaves for Jerusalem

1:15 p.m.         Lunch at the New Metropole Hotel

1:00-4:30 p.m.            Free time (rest, explore Jerusalem)

4:30-5:30 p.m.            Pottery Washing

6:00 p.m.         Supper at the New Metropole Hotel

7-8 p.m.          Evening lecture as scheduled