A new video features the excavations at Bethsaida during the 2019 season. These included a “high place” adjacent to the 11th-century city entrance, including another example of the moon-god stele.
The Jerusalem Post of 6 June 2019 carried a brief report on the discovery of a city gate dating to the eleventh century BCE, making it contemporary with the biblical dates for David and Solomon. Since this was not an Israelite city (as evidenced by the moon-god stele, another example of which was also found this … More 11C BCE city gates found at et-Tell
The official report on the 2018 season at Bethsaida has recently been released. You can read the Bethsaida 2018 Field Report online, along with reports from earlier years under Publications. Please note there is no field report for 2017 as there was no season that year.
The twentieth annual Batchelder Conference for Archaeology and Biblical Studies will take place at Thompson Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, on 9 & 10 November 2018. Our plenary speaker is the world acclaimed archaeologist Prof. Jodi Magness. She will present her amazing discoveries at the ancient synagogue of Hukuk in Galilee. Two days of scholarly … More 2018 Batchelder Conference
The dates for the 2019 season at the Bethsaida Excavations Project are May 16 to June 6. During this limited three-week season, participants will be based at Kibbutz Gadot. Further details, including a registration form, will be published here as soon as they are available.
The current (2018) version of the constitution of the Consortium for the Bethsaida Excavations Project is now available online. CBEP Constitution 2018 Institutions considering joining the consortium are encouraged to read the constitution carefully and then contact us about the process for admission.
Israeli film-maker, Yuval Hollander, has produced an informative video about the excavations at Bethsaida. This 52 minute video will be of special interest to staff and volunteers from the dig, as well as the wider community. The secrets of Bethsaida was filmed in Bethsaida in June 2012 – during the annual expedition with people from … More DVD: The secrets of Bethsaida
Archaeologists and biblical scholars from around the world will unveil their latest findings at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in November. UNO’s Religious Studies Program will host the Batchelder Conference for Archaeology and Biblical Studies Thursday, Nov. 9 – Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Thompson Alumni Center. Now in its 19th year, the … More 2017 Batchelder Conference
The site, situated on e-Tell and identified with Bethsaida, was founded in the 10th century BCE on a basalt hill extending from the Golan plateau. The size of the city (20 acres), its majestic fortifications, its enormous gate – the largest ever found in southern Levant – and a palace indicates that this site served … More Bethsaida Overview
The Bethsaida Excavations Project has been hosted for many years by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). As we now move to a more independent phase of our work, stay tuned for news about new administrative arrangements to support our mission of scientific research, education, and public service.