Schedule for the 2016 Excavation Season at Khirbet el-Maqatir

Overall Schedule: Last Updated 6/19/2015 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE)

Wednesday May 19: ABR staff departs from the USA.

Sunday May 22 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 May 22: Square Supervisors and Surveyors visit and set up site.

Sunday May 22: Dig Orientation 7 PM

Monday May 23-Friday May 27: Dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir.

Saturday May 28 -Free Day. One week diggers check out AM.

Sunday May 29: Optional Tour to Shiloh, Mt. Gerazim, Mt. Ebal, and Shechem. Cost: $15 to $20 plus entry fees. (Diggers pay for this optional tour in Israel, not in advance).

Monday May 30- Friday June 3: Dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir.

Saturday June 4: Free Day. Departing diggers check out AM from the Ritz Hotel.

Sunday June 5: Optional tour of Benjamin Plateau with Bill Schlegel of IBEX. Cost: TBA, paid in Israel.

Monday June 6 - Friday June 10: Dig at Khirbet el-Maqatir

Saturday June 11: Diggers check out AM from the Ritz Hotel. Free day for post-dig tour participants.

Sunday June 12-Saturday June 18 AM: Post Dig Touring with Dr. Scott Stripling.

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

Biblical Teaching Schedule 7-8 pm:  Subject to Change

May 22 (Sunday) – Orientation (Staff)
May 23 (Monday) – Ritual Purity at Khirbet el-Maqatir (Scott Stripling)
May 24 (Tuesday) – Floors in Herod’s Temple and Palaces (Frankie Snyder)
May 25 (Wednesday) – Before they were Sherds (Bryant Wood)
May 26 (Thursday) – 1,000 Coins and Counting (Yoav Farhi)
May 27 (Friday) – Stones the Builders Rejected (Brian Peterson)
May 30 (Monday) –Stone Weights and Jar Stands, Evidence of Literacy at KeM (Matt Glassman)
May 31 (Tuesday) – Warfare in the Old Testament (Boyd Seevers)
June 1 (Wednesday) – The Evidence for Ai (Bryant Wood)
June 2 (Thursday) – Date and Background of the Conquest (Don McNeeley)
June 3 (Friday) – A Judean Pillar Figurine (Boyd Seevers and Abigail Leavitt)
June 6 (Monday) – Egyptian Influence at KeM, 3 Scarabs Speak (Brian Peterson)
June 7 (Tuesday) – Beams from Herod’s Temple? (Peretz Reuven)
June 8 (Wednesday) – Digging up the Truth at Jericho (Bryant Wood)
June 9 (Thursday) – Shiloh!!! (Scott Stripling)
June 10 (Friday) – Debriefing (Staff)

ABR Security Statement

ABR is closely monitoring the violence in Israel and the Palestinian controlled territories. While the violence is often contained in the Hamas controlled Gaza Strip and the coastal region of Israel, it has now spilled over into East Jerusalem and the West Bank where the Khirbet el-Maqatir excavation is located. Americans and other westerners are almost never the focus of violence, but we have growing concerns over the security for our guards and other Israeli staff members. Based on these developments, the Winter Dig has been canceled for 2015. There is a possibility that the Maqatir excavations may be postponed in May-June 2016. Presently, we are moving forward with our plans in prayer, as the situation could subside in the coming months. We are working on alternative plans to excavate elsewhere in Israel in 2016, such as Shiloh, Gezer, or the Temple Mount Sifting Project. These projects are all in very safe areas of Israel. If we decide to move our project to Shiloh, this would be a new ABR dig and would hopefully span several years. In any of these cases, we plan to take a group to Israel this coming summer.

While we are being careful to exercise due diligence with wisdom, we have a strong sense of God's providential hand guiding us as we plan for the future. We are confident that ABR will be excavating in Israel this summer, and we are excited about the possibility of you joining us. Please join us in prayer for peace in Israel and for wisdom in making these important decisions concerning our excavations.

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