Ask almost anyone who has ever worked on a dig and they’ll tell you it was the experience of a lifetime. As we do in every January/February issue, we list here those digs looking for able-bodied and eager volunteers in the coming year. Whether you’re interested in ancient Israelite remains or early Christian sites, there is something here for you. The capsule descriptions below are followed by a chart listing contact information, and you’ll find more about these excavations (including links to their Web pages) on our Web page: www.biblicalarchaeology.org. Dig into this section so you can start digging for real!
Built on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean 9 miles north of Tel Aviv, Apollonia flourished from the 6th century B.C. to the 13th century A.D. and boasts a Crusader-era castle and a Roman-style villa with a peristyle courtyard surrounded by columns. This season dig directors Israel Roll and Oren Tal of Tel Aviv University, in conjunction with Katharina Galor of Brown University, plan to uncover more Roman and Byzantine remains south of the castle.