Schedule for the Winter 2016 Excavation Season at Khirbet el-Maqatir

Overall Schedule: 6/10/2016 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE)

Sunday Dec 18 PM: Check in date for volunteers at the Ritz Hotel. Arrangements may be made for earlier check in at additional cost, but there is no guarantee of room availability. Check with ABR to confirm availability and pricing for early check in.

Sunday Dec 18: Dig Orientation 7 PM
Monday Dec 19-Friday Dec 23: Dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir.
Saturday Dec 24 – Touring and a Special Christmas Eve Service.
Sunday Dec 25 – Special Christmas morning worship service
Monday Dec 26 – One Week Diggers check out
Mon Dec 26 – Sat Dec 31: Dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir
Sunday January 1: Touring and/or artifact analysis
Monday January 2: Diggers check out
Monday January 2 – Sat. January 7: Post Dig Tour and Artifact Analysis

Daily Dig Schedule

4:15 AM Breakfast
4:45 AM Load Bus
4:59:59 AM Depart for Site
bus ride includes a daily devotional and songs of praise.
5:30 AM Start Digging
10:30 AM Lunch on site
1:30 PM Leave Site
2:30 PM Pottery Washing
3:30-7PM Rest, Free Time, Dinner at the Ritz Hotel
7-8 PM Evening Biblical Teaching as scheduled

Evening Lecture Schedule

December 17 (Saturday) - Staff Arrives
December 18 (Sunday) - Orientation (Staff)
December 19 (Monday) - Ai (Wood)
December 20 (Tuesday) - Ritual Purity (Stripling)
December 21 (Wednesday) - Date and Background of the Conquest (Smith)
December 22 (Thursday) - Pottery (Wood)
December 23 (Friday) - Free Day/Touring
December 24 (Saturday) - Free Day/Touring
December 25 (Sunday) - Christmas Worship Service (Staff)
December 26 (Monday) - Amarna Letters (Rudd)
December 27 (Tuesday) - Jericho (Wood)
December 28 (Wednesday) - Shiloh (Stripling)
December 29 (Thursday) - Graduation
December 30 (Friday) - Weather Make-up day, Processing Finds, Touring
December 31 (Saturday) - Weather Make-up day, Processing Finds, Touring

January 1-6 Processing of finds and touring

Note: The winter weather is unpredictable and usually requires that the schedule be juggled. Be flexible!

ABR Security Statement

ABR closely monitors the security situation in Israel and the Palestinian controlled territories. If there is reason for concern, we will take appropriate steps, including cancelling the winter dig. This is unlikely to occur. If it did, the ABR group would work on dig related projects at our headquarters and tour at strategic sites of interest.

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