Excavations in Israel and other useful links

Although the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society does not organize digs in Israel, there are various listings of digs in Israel for those who would like to participate as a volunteer. Volunteers should be in good physical condition and be able to work long hours in very hot weather. Each expedition will have its own accommodation arrangements and a fee is often charged. Most expeditions offer lectures on subjects related to the excavation, occasional trips in the area to sites and/or museums and some offer course credits.

Please note that the Society does not advise on or recommend specific digs nor can it accept any responsibility for the information given in the links below. Volunteers will need to correspond directly with the dig organizers. Any questions, comments or correspondence must be directed to the dig director and not the Society. Having said that, we hope you will find something to suit you and that you have a wonderful time on your chosen dig.

Archaeological Institute of America

The AIA provides an Archaeological Fieldwork Opportunities Bulletin that you can search online. This is updated regularly throughout the year.

Biblical Archaeology Society

This site is run by the Biblical Archaeology Society and covers digs in Europe as well as in Israel and the Levant. It gives a comprehensive listing, an in-depth description of each dig including its location, historical and Biblical significance, what you will be doing while on the dig and information on the dig directors and professors who will lead the project.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Details of the Archaeology Institute at the Hebrew University’s current digs and links to the relevant site.

Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs also provides an annual list of archaeological expeditions which accept volunteers.

Other useful links:

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology website gives details of current digs, recent publications and research and information about the Institute’s library. The Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society is affiliated to the Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

British Friends of the Hebrew University
The British Friends of the Hebrew University (BFHU) is a national charity which raises funds for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the UK and promotes its breakthroughs and discoveries.

British Association of Near Eastern Archaeology
BANEA was founded in 1988 with the following objectives:
To promote the study of the archaeology, history, and languages of the ancient Near East at all levels; to provide a forum for discussion, and for the dissemination of information on these topics; and to enhance the provision of opportunities for such studies in Britain.

Council for British Research in the Levant
The CBRL supports and develops British research in the Levant. It supports scholars in the fields of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences through its grant awards scheme and Post-doctoral Fellowships. Its regional centres are in Amman and Jerusalem.

Israel Antiquities Authority
The Israel Antiquities Authority is responsible for all excavations in Israel.

Jewish Historical Society
The Jewish Historical Society is the oldest historical and learned society of its kind in Europe. The Society, based in London, has active branches in a number of centres and meets regularly with lectures on a wide range of subjects relating to Anglo-Jewish history, and publishes its biennial transactions known as Jewish Historical Studies. Several of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society’s Manchester lectures are held in conjunction with the JHSE Manchester branch.

Levantine Ceramics Project
This project was set up to create an open-source website of pottery in the Levant dating from the Neolithic to the Ottoman period.

Palestine Exploration Fund
The purpose of the PEF is to promote research into the archaeology and history, manners and customs and culture, topography, geology and natural sciences of biblical Palestine and the Levant. They have offices in London, where you will find their research collections of artefacts, photographs and field records.

Tel Aviv University
This university hosts the Institute of Archaeology and Department of Archaeology & Ancient Near Eastern Civilization.