First of all, the dates for 2014 are Tuesday June 24 to Tuesday July 22. We decided to try this different dig week schedule so as to make travel to and from the kibbutz easier. We found that due to Sabbath public transportation restrictions in Israel, it was difficult for team members to travel to the kibbutz on Saturday, Sunday morning, or from the kibbutz on Friday afternoon. We hope this new schedule will help. Thus, we will be digging in the field from Wednesday to Friday, then Monday to Tuesday, instead of the 'traditional' Monday to Friday. Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are, of course, free to rest, enjoy and tranvel. Full details are posted on our website (www.abel-beth-maacah.org) under the heading '2014' 'Volunteer Guide', Of cousre, feel free to write to us with any questions and comments:
You are most welcome to join us.
We will be staying at Kibbutz Kefar Szold, like in 2013. They promised us even faster and stronger WiFi in the rooms and an improved menu in the dining room(!!). The beauty and serenity of the kibbutz, and the warmth and friendliness of the staff people there, remain the same!
|view of the kibbutz center|
|a central-hill type collared rim pithos, Area A|
|the silver hoard from Area F as found, before cleaning|
|the silver hoard after cleaning and conservation-earrings, ingots and scrap metal|
One more update for now - our first article about the excavation has been published in a scholarly journal - Strata, the Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeology Society. We thank David Milson, the editor, for his encouragement and careful editing. We hope this will be the first of many more to come in wake of interesting and enriching finds and insights. This article can be accessed through www.academia.edu or our Facebook page.