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Archaeological Seminars Institute

168 reviews
Jerusalem, Israel
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About Archaeological Seminars Institute
Dig-for-a-Day is a hands-on experience that combines excavating, sifting, pottery examination, and touring of an archaeological cave system. The experiences last approximately three hours and is led by professional guides under the auspices of the Israel Antiquities Authorities. Our excavation site is located within Beit Guvrin National Park, the ancestral home of King Herod, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Vast underground labyrinths of man-made rooms have been systematically uncovered by Dig-for-a-Day over the past four decades with stunning discoveries made that can now be found in museums. Dig-for-a-day is an eye-opening adventure for those who seek the thrill of an authentic archaeological dig, but with limited time. The program is open to all ages and is offered year-round and in most weather conditions (the excavation takes place underground). Participants should be physically active and feel comfortable exploring underground, partially enclosed spaces.
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Dig for a Day was one of my kids' favorite experiences in Israel. This is a well-crafted adventure led by knowledgeable educators who made the experience fun for people of all ages. We learned about the fascinating history of the region through hands on experiences....More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Rachel P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This experience was a really fun experience for the children and the adults. Great tour guide that really taught us a lot about the area and the dig. Our group actually found an intact drinking bowl 2,000 yrs old.....very exciting. Also a great tour thru...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

Their Archeological Dig for a Day program is amazing. Experiance a real archeological dig and unearth items not touched by anyone in over 2000 years. Learn the history of the area, and go spelunking through un-excavated caves. Great program for families.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 5, 2019

My family of 6 enjoyed this our acheological dig, which was followed by a group tour of unexcavated caves. Overall it was enjoyable, though be prepared to get plenty dirty. In terms of areas for improvement, more historical background would have made it more interesting.Our...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019

All of us really enjoyed this. David, our tour guide was funny, informative and really made it entertaining. Would really recommend you do this. We had some issues with booking - all the online inquiries we submitted were not answered, we had to call directly...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 28, 2019

This is an experience to remember; whether you lost family members or did not, there is a lesson to learn.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Daniel W
Reviewed March 23, 2019 via mobile

We found a lot of pottery shards and even a piece of a stature. The digging was fun and then we toured an unexcavated cave which was great as well.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed February 19, 2019

i didn't realize how much everyone would enjoy this. Yes we needed a car to get there and it was quite a drive from netanya but sooooo worth it. My husband and myself loved it and all of the kids loved it. Even the 3...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 3, 2019

This was incredible! We went with our 2 boys, ages 8 & 10, and we all had a great time. Our guide was enthusiastic and inspiring. We each were able to find archeological artifacts, including pottery, animal bones, bricks and more. We then went on...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank eliasl987
Reviewed January 28, 2019

Our family of 4 went digging for artifacts and were surprised to find so many! It was so educational and fun. Going cave exploring was amazing as well! Definitely not so easy if your big (like my husband who is 6'5") as some of the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from Devorah D | Reviewed this property |
We met the guides at a gas station outside of Beit Guvrin. I don't think that they arrange transportation for the participants. Groups arrived by car or with their own tour buses. This dig is at Beit Guvrin all year round... More
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The staff spoke all English for our group.
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Response from EHS216 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about Pesach week. Definitely in English.
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