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Archaeological Seminars Institute

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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GlaserTom wrote a review Jun 12
Demarest, New Jersey48 contributions9 helpful votes
Due to a medical emergency, on March 21 I had to cancel an April 1 Dig For A Day booking for my wife and me. Here's the email response I got on April 12. It's the only communication I've received despite several follow-ups. "Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. We have changed computer systems and I am working in the office alone so some things, unfortunately, have been taking time. I have been discussing this with our IT department as well as our financial department, trying to work out how to get you the refund. The new system can’t refund from the old system so we have to find another way."
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Date of experience: April 2022
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jf33180 wrote a review May 2022
Miami, Florida38 contributions27 helpful votes
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Incredible experience. This tour was set up through our tour company as part of an overall trip to Israel and I really did not know what to expect. Frankly I doubted we would find anything but it would just be a fun experience. Boy was I wrong.issy was the most incredible guide you could ever have. she was fun but also explained in detail and in ways that you can understand exactly what was going on. We climb down into a cave which is an active digging site and We're given a pick and a shovel to collect Dirt and rocks from an area.. We're not only found shards of pottery and bones but also found and almost complete bowl. She then took us on a tour of the excavated portion of the site and it was just a fantastic experience. It gives you better understanding of what an archeologist does but it's also a lot of fun and a memorable experience. If you have time while you are in Israel do not miss this.
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Ghostmattress wrote a review Jan 2022
New York City, New York6 contributions1 helpful vote
Best experience! Loved digging and going in the caves. David was a super tour guide and my family had an awesome time. We didn't want to stop digging and looking for artifacts!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Nimrod T wrote a review Jun 2021
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I was digging for one day with my son. Everything was really wonderful. It is amazing that we could dig "for real" and we found 2000-years old pottery and bones. The organizers really know their stuff and the atmosphere is wonderful. Thank you for a great, memorable day!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Larry W wrote a review Jun 2021
Oak Park, Michigan1 contribution
I don't usually write reviews during traveling, but for this I am making an exception. If you're into archaeology, history, stories of the past brought to life today, it's really special. If you're not into any of those thing but are looking for a truly fun and inspiring experience, Dig for a Day is something you really should do. I think it a must. I learned of it from an old friend, David who introduced me to the people I was to work with. The guides spoke easily in Hebrew and English, knew the history of the area. Our group was only of 3, which made it even better. The digging process is explained, tools provided. We dug in one cave--I found pottery shards from about 2200 years ago, buried a foot or so down in the dirt. A bit later, a tour through a series of caves with explanations of what we were going through, touching. It's was fascinating. There is much more. Check it out.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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