Excavation Schedule and Costs

Update, 12 November 2009:

There is still room on the second session (in July), but due to the amazing response from potential team members, we cannot guarantee that there will be room on the first session (in June) for those who register from now on. There is still plenty of room on the second session, so feel free to sign up for that now.  Those who request the first session will go on a waiting list and might get lucky.  Alternatively, one can sign up for the second session but request to be wait-listed for the first session.  We are also trying to get more rooms available for the first session and will update this website again if we succeed.  Please keep checking back and in the meantime, feel free to apply for either the second session or for the entire season!

The Megiddo Expedition’s 2010 Excavation Season

Session Duration Dates Cost Returnees Consortium Students
Session 1 3 weeks 12th June – 1st July $1300 $1200 $1100
Session 2 4 weeks 3rd July – 29th July $1750 $1600 $1450
Both Sessions 7 weeks 12th June – 29th July $2600 $2400 $2200

Important Note: the above prices are subject to adjustment if there is a significant change in the shekel/dollar exchange rate.  European and British students may pay their fees in sterling or euros, but must write for confirmation re the exact amount before paying. Full payment is due no later than five months after the initial deposit is sent and, in any event, no later than 15 April 2010. Checks should be made out to “The Megiddo Expedition – Tel Aviv University.”

GroupDaily Schedule:

Work on the tel commences each week on Sunday morning and ends Thursday afternoon. Three meals a day are provided on workdays. Weekend accommodation is included in the Expedition fee but meals are not provided (see ‘What about Grub?’). Team Members are free to stay on the Kibbutz and enjoy the facilities or leave camp on Thursday and return on Saturday evening.

Daily work on the tel and in the camp begins at 5:00 AM and finishes by 1:00 PM. It resumes in camp at 4:00 PM with the processing of finds, a requirement for all Team Members.


04:20 Your alarm clock should ring!
04:45 Bus to the tel, carrying required equipment
05:00-08:30 Work on site
08:30-09:00 Buffet breakfast at picnic tables on site
09:00-11:00 Work on site
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:50 Work resumes
12:50 Collect and store tools: remove pottery and other finds to base camp
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Rest/Recreation
16:00-18:00 Work at base camp: processing finds, pottery reading, related activities
18:00-19:00 Lecture Program (as needed)
19:00-20:00 Supper
20:00-21:00 Lecture Program (as needed)
21:00- Leisure Activities and Sleep!

Most afternoons and evenings include pottery reading and lectures. Please note that the schedules may change slightly due to extenuating circumstances.

MelissaProject Calendar

Week 1

Saturday, 12 June

14:00   A Complimentary bus departs for the Kibbutz from Ben Gurion Airportand the Tel Aviv North Bus Station (Arlozorov). This departure time is tentative and may be changed depending upon flight arrival times.

15:00-17:00   Team Members arrive

19:00  Supper

20:00  Receive area assignments, meet your Area Supervisor
Sunday, 13 June

Excavation begins

(see above Daily Schedule)

Monday, 14 June – Wednesday, 16 June

As above.

Thursday, 17 JuneBreakfast

Day 5 of the Excavation

Free weekend begins in the afternoon for Team Members. Relax by the Kibbutz pool or explore Israel.

Week 2

Saturday, 19 June

All Team Members should be back on site by early evening.

Sunday, 20 June

Excavation begins again.

Monday, 21 June – Wednesday, 23 June

As above.

Fink in ChairThursday, 24 June

Day 10 of the Excavation

Free weekend begins in the afternoon for Team Members not enrolled in the Education program

Friday, 25 June

Full day Study Tour to other archaeological sites currently being excavated for all enrolled in the education program. Free time after tour to relax or travel.

Week 3 (last week of the 1st Session)

Saturday, 26 June

Team Members should be back on site by early evening

Sunday, 27 JuneGroup shot

Excavation begins again.

Monday, 28 June – Wednesday, 30 June

As above.

Thursday, 01 July

Day 15 of the Excavation

The first session ends

First session participants leave Thursday pm.

Free weekend begins in the afternoon for all 7 week Team Members

Week 4 (1st week of the 2nd Session)

Saturday, 03 July

14:00   A Complimentary bus departs for the Kibbutz from Ben Gurion Airportand the Tel Aviv North Bus Station (Arlozorov). This departure time is tentative and may be changed depending upon flight arrival times.

15:00-17:00   Second Session Team Members arrive

19:00  Supper

20:00  New Team Members receive area assignments, meet Area Supervisors

Veteran Team Members should be back on site by early evening

Sunday, 04 JulyAnother Group Shot

Excavation begins again.

Monday, 03 July – Wednesday, 05 July

As above.

Thursday, 08 July

Day 20 of the Excavation

Free weekend begins in the afternoon for Team Members. Relax by the Kibbutz pool or explore Israel.

Week 5

Saturday, 10 July

Team Members should be back on site by early evening

Sunday, 11 July

Excavation begins again

Monday, 12 July – Wednesday, 14 July

As above.

Thursday, 15 July

Day 25 of the Excavation

Free weekend begins in the afternoon for Team Members not enrolled in the Education program. Relax by the Kibbutz pool or explore Israel.

Friday, 16 July

Full day Study Tour to other archaeological sites currently being excavated for all those enrolled in the education program. Free time after tour.

Week 6

Saturday, 17 JulyInbal and Eran

Team Members should be back on site by early evening

Sunday, 18 July

Excavation begins again.

Monday, 19 July – Wednesday, 21 July

As above.

Thursday, 22 July

Day 30 of the Excavation

Free weekend begins in the afternoon for all

Last weekend to relax at the Kibbutz or to explore Israel

Week 7 (last week of the 2nd session)

Saturday, 24 July

Team Members should be back on site by early evening

Sunday, 25 July

Excavation begins again.

Monday, 26 July – Wednesday, 28 July

As above.

Thursday, 29 JulyBrushes

Day 35 – The last day of the excavation season

All participants leave Thursday pm.

Important Note:
The Megiddo Expedition reserves the right to make changes in the above program, if and when the need arises.

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28 Responses to “Excavation Schedule and Costs”

  1. must one be on site for the entire session or do you allow 1 or 2 week participation?

  2. the short answer is yes, you do have to be on site for the entire session.

  3. patti hung Says:

    I seem to be getting conflicting information from different websites. Hopefully, you can help clarify for me.

    What type of visa, if any, is required for a US citizen working on the dig?

    Would he/she be classified as a tourist, a student (if receiving credit), or a worker?

    Does Israel differentiate between volunteer work and paid work for visa requirements?

    Thanks

    • Norma Franklin Says:

      It is important when you are arriving to say you are coming as a tourist, especially if you say you are staying on a Kibbutz. This is because the official at passport control may think you are a “Kibbutz Volunteer” in which caes you would need a special visa!
      You are not, you are participating in a dig during your vacation and staying at the Kibbutz Guest House.
      So just an automatic tourist visa for 3 months will be stamped in your passport.

  4. digmegiddo Says:

    Patti — I have already sent an email to Michael Sullivan about this. There is no visa required; you simply have your passport stamped at the airport when you enter Israel; it should be good for a three month visit. You are classified simply as a tourist. Cheers, EHC

  5. say we wished to sign up for the 1st session, then find we really enjoy the dig, would it be possible to extend into the second session? of course all fees would be paid right away.

    • Norma Franklin Says:

      Somehow we have always managed to fit someone in who wants to stay longer BUT please dont rely on this method! Plus it does cause us a headache, even if for a good reason.

  6. digmegiddo Says:

    If there are rooms/beds available in the second session, then yes. This has happened in past seasons. If all rooms/beds are already spoken for in the second session, then it will obviously be difficult.

  7. Erica Lane Says:

    I was curious what all the fee covered…is airfare included???

    • Norma Franklin Says:

      Erica — Eric is talking as an American! (not surprising). For Team Members coming from the UK or Europe the airfares are much lower. Apart from the major airlines, American, Delta, Continental, El Al, British, Lufthansa — there are also deals via the UK from the US. e.g. via Virgin to UK then Britsh Midland or Easy Jet.

  8. digmegiddo Says:

    No, airfare is not included. The fee listed above covers room and board only; the credit courses are extra; and you have to get yourself over to Israel and back, which will cost you anywhere from $1,100 to $1,400; plus you’ll need money for the weekends, if you go traveling. In other words, your total bill will probably run you more than $3,000 for a three-week session, if you take a credit course. You’ll find that these prices are typical of most excavations in Israel.

  9. Hi all. I had a quick question about credit… if you need credit for your university would that include both the dig fee and the $450 course fee? Thanks!

  10. tony amabile Says:

    Are the prices in US dollars? How much would it be in US $$?

    Tony Amabile

  11. I am wanting clarification on VISAs. I read on wikipedia that if you receive a VISA from Israel that you are not permitted to enter certain Arab countries if you ever choose to dig other places (http://wikitravel.org/en/Israel). Can you confirm this information please?

    • digmegiddo Says:

      If you are an American, you do not need a visa to visit Israel. If, however, you have an entry or exit stamp from Israel in your passport, you may have trouble subsequently visiting specific Arab countries.

  12. alexalarocco Says:

    Hi, I was wondering if there are still spots available to go for seven weeks. I saw that it says the first session is almost filled up and I was wondering if there are still spots available to go to both sessions. Also I saw that a physical is required, does this have to be a physical down now or can a recent physical be used?

    • digmegiddo Says:

      I believe that there are still some spots for seven weekers, but only those with previous experience. The physical has to be recent enough that the information is still accurate and contains the same data that is on our form.

  13. Jotham Kangdim Says:

    I got to know about the Megiddo 2010 expedition just today as I viewed the site. Are there still places for seven weekers. I am a Nigerian, and I have two students studying Archaeology in Palestine with me At the University of Jos. I want them to have a first hand taste at an archaeological site. Do you think it is too late?

  14. Is there any places left for the second session? If not, is ther any chances to be called up from the waiting list?

    Thank you

  15. Lisa Ferguson Says:

    I notice on your AIA page that you are looking to fill staff positions. Is this still the case? If so, what is the procedure for applying?

    Thanks!

    • digmegiddo Says:

      No, I’m afraid that is out of date. Our staff positions are all filled and have been for quite some time.

  16. I am trying to make my airplane reservations. From what I can tell, the day to arrive is June 12 sometime in morning or early afternoon. I am doing a 3 week session. I will be departing in the evening on July 1. Are there evening flights out to the USA or will I need to find somewhere else to stay that evening ?? OR can I leave that Thursday whenever I can get a flight out, perhaps working morning session, then departing ??

  17. Stefano Marconi Says:

    I am interested in your activity but I have time only for 2 weeks of excavation.

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