May 20, 2018 - June 16, 2018

One, Two, Three or Four week participation is available for volunteers.



Cost and Travel Details

All Subject to Change without Notice (Last Updated 04/15/2018)

Download the Shiloh Dig Brochure in PDF.

1. The Shiloh Excavations will be conducted for 4 weeks in 2018 (Sunday May 20 [3 PM Check in Time]- Saturday June 16, 2018 [AM Check out]. Several packages are available for one, two, three or four weeks. They are as follows:

a. Standard One Week Interval: Check in Sunday PM, Check out Saturday AM (any 1 week interval). Price for one week: $1,050

b. Standard Two Week Interval (discounted): Check in Sunday PM, Check out 2nd Saturday AM (any two week interval). Price for two weeks: $2,000

c. Three Week Interval (better rate!): Check in Sunday PM, Check out 3rd Saturday AM. Price for three weeks: $2,850

d. Four Week Interval (best rate!): Check in Sunday May 20, 2018 PM, Check out Saturday June 16, 2018 AM. Price for four weeks: $3,600

e. Fifth Week (Sun June 17 to Sat June 23, 2018): Stay on for a 5th week and participate in a post-Dig Tour, learn about artifact processing, and/or assist in on-site conservation with a world-renowned expert, Dr. Leen Ritmeyer. ***NOTE: AS OF NOVEMBER 21, 2017, THE POST DIG TOUR IS CLOSED***

Cost for the 5th Week: 1. For 4 week Dig participants: Add $650. 2. As a one week add on for all other participants: $900. The tour pricing includes breakfast and dinner, bus transport, and hotel. The tour does not include lunch and park entrance fees. Lunch cost on the road is estimated to be $15-17 per day. Park entrance fees run about $150 for the week).

As a general statement, if you are able to arrive on Saturday instead of Sunday, it will give you a day to get acclimated to the time change. An extra non-dig night is $85 per person, double/triple occupancy. Feel free to inquire about this if you are interested.

NOTE: Diggers may join us during any interval of time during the 4 weeks. At least two weeks of participation are preferred, but not required. Contact Henry Smith, Administrative Director, with questions or for a price quote.

These rates include Double or Triple occupancy (singles are only available by request, are limited, and are an extra $55 per night) and 3 meals a day (Lunch is ONLY included on Dig days, and not on weekends or for touring). Transport by bus to and from the Dig, and evening education classes are also included. 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. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel arrangements, including flight and transport to and from the airport. Deadline for signup and full payment is April 15, 2018, though we will take applications after that date if rooms are still available.

2. 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:

3. A $500 per person deposit is due on a first come, first serve basis. We highly recommend sending in your deposit asap to reserve your space. The deposit deadline is March 15, 2018.

a. Final payment in full is due: April 15, 2018 (Minus $300 cash, see below).

Some Dig participants will be asked to bring $300 US Dollars cash to Israel and submit to the ABR staff as their final payment. 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 each digger bring their final payment in cash resolves these problems. Thanks for understanding! 

b. Upon receipt of deposit, travelers will receive paperwork that requires immediate attention. Please review it thoroughly and submit it to our office right away.


There will be two touring options during the 2018 Dig season.

A. Optional Touring: During the Dig, three weekends 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 (itinerary is subject to change and is tentative):

Saturday May 26, 2018: Free day in Jerusalem

Sunday May 27, 2018: Masada and Dead Sea

Saturday June 2, 2018: Free Day in Jerusalem

Sunday June 3, 2018: Jericho and Qumran

Saturday June 9, 2018: Free Day

Sunday June 10, 2018: Elah Valley, Bet Guvrin, and Bet Shemesh



Fifth Week Option includes:

1. Post Dig Tour: A post-dig tour package is being offered, and will be led by Dr. Scott Stripling. Tourists will stay at the Ritz Hotel. Includes bus transportation and breakfast and dinner.

Park entry fees and lunch are not included. Itinerary is subject to change without notice.

A. Price for the post dig tour is $900 (June 16-23). Check out Saturday 6/23 AM.

B. A Three Day Post Dig Tour Extension is now available, running June 23rd, 24th, and 25th. Check out AM Tuesday June 26th. Price: $400.

C. Four week Dig participants can join the Post Dig Tour for $650 (June 16-23). Three day tour extension price for 4 week Dig participants: $290.

2. Artifact Processing: help with artifact processing and learn some valuable insights.

3. On-Site Conservation: Join world renowned architect and conservationist, Dr. Leen Ritmeyer, as we preserve excavated walls at Shiloh.

Post-Dig Tour: $900
Sunday, June 17
Saturday, June 23: Tour Participants check out AM (one week)

Three Day Extension $400
Saturday June 23
Sunday June 24
Monday June 25
Check out Tuesday June 26


4. Download these TWO PDF Forms. Both forms must be filled completely filled out by hand, not electronically! (click below):

a. Registration Form in PDF

b. Application and Liability Release Form in PDF


5. 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.


6. While digging, we will be staying at the Ritz 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. 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).

7. Internet access in the hotel is spotty at best. There is one public computer available for use. There is an ATM near the hotel. The rooms have safes.

8. 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 water). b. There is a laundry service right across the street from the hotel. A full load, washed and dried, is about $18. Diggers can drop off of their clothes after work and pick them up the next day after work.

Single rooms are only available by request in advance for the 2018 Season and are an extra $55 per night.

Traveler's and Health Insurance

9. We strongly recommend the purchase of travelers 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 our site is located. Tokio Marine covers travelers in the West Bank.

10. 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. MEDICARE IS NOT ACCEPTED OUTSIDE THE US! All travelers must thoroughly document their medications, and provide family and doctor emergency contact information.

11. Medical Evacuation Insurance as well must be purchased as well, in case a traveler need to be transported to the US. Without insurance, this could cost more than $75,000. 


12. 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 website.

13. Passport must have an expiration date that expires SIX MONTHS beyond your last intended day of stay in Israel. For purposes of the ABR Dig, your passport must have an expiration date that postdates December 24, 2018. 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. The Israelis will NOT let you into the country!

Tax Deductibility

14. 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. (Download PDF of this IRS Form).

Making Your Payment

Help ABR save on Credit Card bank fees by paying by check, if you are able.

15. To pay your deposit online or make full payment, please follow these instructions with our secure donation page:

a. In the ONE TIME GIFT field, click on OTHER and enter the proper dollar amount.


c. 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 CC through PayPal.

d. Pay by check and mail with your paperwork to the ABR office.

Tool Donation

If you are able, please bring a three inch scrub brush with you for cleaning pottery, and/or a small wisk broom and leave it as a small tool donation. These items are difficult to find in Israel, and are expensive to transport en masse. So, your help is appreciated!

Last Updated: 4/15/18

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