for Volunteers - August 2010
Through the Bible at
Ramat Rahel – Jerusalem, Israel
Dig with Scholars and Volunteers from around the World
Ramat Rahel Archaeological Project is a joint project to Tel Aviv
University (Israel) and to Heidelberg University (Germany) joining
scholars from Israel, Germany, and USA. This is an international
scientific project combining people from all over the world. During
the last five years our team members came from Canada, the U.S.A.,
Argentina, U.K., Norway, Finland, France, Italy, Germany, Poland,
Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Tunisia, China, India, Colombia,
Mexico, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Greece and other countries. From
these nations came a lot of team members aged 14 to 77, who just
came to enjoy a special experience of digging through biblical
history at Ramat Rahel.
We also had many students who came to study the history and the
archaeology of the region and who received academic credit for
doing so. The Ramat Rahel Archaeological project involves more
than just excavations. The team members joining us from all over
the world undergo rich and transforming experiences, combining
archaeological fieldwork, visits to the holy city of Jerusalem,
tours in beautiful Israel, academic lectures, and many social
activities. During the dig, we all live in the four-star hotel
at Ramat Rahel, with its fine air conditioned rooms, large pool,
sport center, Jacuzzi, sauna, and spa. We enjoy full board accommodations
with three meals a day at the hotel’s restaurant, food breaks
with coffee and cakes, and an excavation bar providing 24 hours
of internet services.
The 2009 excavation season in Ramat Rahel was very successful,
and contributed a lot for our understanding of the history of
the site and for the history of the land! However, some questions
remained with no answers, we left some areas where we didn't finish
the excavations and while processing the data, we felt that in
some points we need some more clarifications. Therefore we have
decided to go back to the site for a short and concentrated season,
in order to do some final excavations before concluding the whole
project. During this last excavation season of 2010 we will enjoy
everyday fieldwork for two weeks.
We wake up early to work and begin digging as the sun rises over
Jerusalem. At 9:00 we gather for wonderful Israeli breakfast served
on the beautiful hilltop of Ramat Rahel, eating the best food
served at a dig and enjoying the breathtaking view of Jerusalem
and Bethlehem. Afterwards, we continue digging until noon and
then gather for a “pottery wash” where we handle pottery,
looking for seal impressions and ancient inscriptions. During
the afternoons, the volunteers enjoy the hotel facilities, resting
at the pool or shopping in Jerusalem. During the afternoons and
the evenings we listen to academic lectures, take tours of Jerusalem
and its museums, attend discussions of the finds of the day, and
celebrate parties in the bar!
Students interested in academic credits can join one or more of
the three academic courses.
The Two-week period of digging extends from August 15th to 28th,
We will excavate all along these 14 days without a break in the
Participants can register only for the entire period.
Weekly fee per person, covering full board, use of all
hotel facilities (pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym, and alternative health
treatments | the latter two for an additional fee):
Hostel lodging (in 4-star facility):
One person in a double room: 650$ per week
One person in a single room: 923$ per week
3 persons in one room: 601$ per person per week
4 persons in one room: 573$ per person per week
One person in a double room-Hostel, Full Board: 538$ per person
One person in a single room-Hostel, Full Board: 727$ per week.
The price includes:
Participation in the dig, full room and board (including 3 meals
a day at the hotel restaurant and twice a day coffee and cake
break), 24-hours coffee-tea and Internet services, use of the
hotel facilities (pool etc.), two academic lectures, evening tours
at Jerusalem (including the city museums), afternoons archaeological
programs and social activities.
The price does not include:
Flights to and from Israel, transportation within Israel, insurance,
weekend (Saturday) tourup to $50 per person.
For further information about program and registration, contact:
Our project administrator, Omer
To register, please fill out the application
form at the Ramat
Rahel Hotel Website.