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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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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). The site is rich with ancient artifacts waiting to be uncovered, and new discoveries are made every day (sorry, all finds are retained for research!)
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LanceCT wrote a review Jan 2020
West Hartford, Connecticut15 contributions6 helpful votes
Run don't walk to sign up and do this with your family, A real highlight of our trip! We talk about it all the time
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Date of experience: July 2019
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motek914 wrote a review Jan 2020
Milwaukee, Wisconsin25 contributions6 helpful votes
This was a fun adventure and a great learning experience. Our guide Neil was a great teacher and leader. We grandparents came with our 12 year old grandson. Digging in the dirt, we found animal teeth and shards of pottery. We learned about the history of the area. We climbed through the tunnels and came out very dirty. Definitely recommend this adventure.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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TessmacTraveller wrote a review Dec 2019
Fernie, Canada244 contributions78 helpful votes
Dig for a Day was not only fun, it was an great learning experience for all of us. Thus far on our visit to Israel it is without doubt one of the highlights. Our guide Alaf (?) was knowledgable, funny and supportive. He was clear in his explanations and instructions which made for a rewarding experience. On Dig for a Day you get to go into caves that are thousands of years old and look for actual artefacts. We found a number of pottery shards and the nine-year-old boy next to us kept finding one artefact after another. The program includes a tour of part of the cave system which was fascinating unto itself. You literally walk in the footsteps of ancient people by candlelight, it is quite amazing. We highly recommend Dig for a Day, it is a rich, professional experience in Israel.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Ugly_Canadian wrote a review Dec 2019
Toronto, Canada34 contributions1 helpful vote
Two families of 4 (children ages 7-11) and a pair of grandparents had an amazing ‘Dig For A Day’ program. Our guide David was phenomenal, knowledgeable and enthusiastic, framing the history of the site and connecting directly with our younger participants. They loved shoveling, digging and sifting, and they were very excited to find pottery shards, animal bones and charcoal bits from over 2,300 years ago. The sites and history in the national park are stunning, it has so far been the highlight of our trip. Thank you, David!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Susan B wrote a review Oct 2019
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My 18 year old son and I (and he knows much about archaeology and ancient Israel) participated in a dig during the Succot holiday. The guide was great, funny, well informed and dealt with all the ages in the group without missing a beat. The dig was fun while we learned about history, the process of excavation and putting all the pieces together to build the story. Most of the tour was in well lit caves so the heat wasn't much of an issue. I recommend this activity wholeheartedly for families, singles, and energetic grandparents.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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