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The Program

The 2019 dig brochure

Link to the International School, University of Haifa

In the Summer of 2019 we shall conduct our next season of excavations at Hippos (Sussita).
The site is located on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, a short distance from Kibbutz Ein-Gev.
The city of Hippos is naturally bordered by cliffs and slopes of the hill on which Hippos was built, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

This season's plans:

  • Excavation of the Roman period theater
  • Excavation of the Roman Sanctuary
  • Excavation along the west decumanus maximus
  • Excavation in the "burnt" Southwest Church
  • Excavations in the Saddle-Ridge Mausoleum

Dates
The season will last four weeks, June 30th - July 25th 2019. 

Program Schedule
Work Hours are 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, with additional work assignments in the afternoons.
Each week, lectures will be held and one guided tour per session to sites in the north of Israel (all costs are included).
Participants are free on weekends to relax in the Kibbutz or travel on their own.
Participants must be at Kibbutz Ein-Gev on the evening before the first working day. The volunteers may arrive to the Kibbutz as early as Friday.
Those who wish to arrive earlier or stay on for a few days after the weekend must coordinate in advance.

Daily Schedule
Beginning June 30th, work will proceed according to the following schedule, Sunday through Thursday:

4:10 Wake-up
5:00 Work begins
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Return to work
12:00 End of field work
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Rest and optional swimming in the swimming in the Sea of Galilee
16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon activities: Processing finds, lectures and guided tours
18:30 Dinner

 

All volunteers are expected to respect and follow basic rules and regulations. The program is rewarding but demanding. It includes a short climb up to the site and physical work in the field.
The hours are long and the sun is hot and bright. Anyone lacking the energy and enthusiasm to benefit of hard work and enjoyment should not apply.