Israel Excavation (2018)
In August of 2018 AVAR placed 7 veterans on the University of Haifa’s excavation of the ancient Jewish village of Beth She’arim, where they excavated olive presses from the late Roman period for two weeks alongside Israelis from every walk of life, most of whom had also served in the Israel Defense Forces. You can read more about the background of the site here: http://www.asor.org/anetoday/2018/02/New-Excavations-Beth-Shearim
When not excavating our team was able to visit some of the most iconic sites in Israel including the Dead Sea, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, Nazareth, the Galilee and others. We also made a lot of great friends. We look forward to returning to dig with Dr. Adi Erlich, Rona Evyasaf, and their team in 2019.
You can read the dig report (in Hebrew) here.