Samford University

The Dig Experience

300_Photography ladderWe start early to beat the heat and are finished by 12:30 pm. Gone are the days of living in tents! We have the advantage of living in downtown Nazareth in an air conditioned hotel whose staff spoils us with Wi-Fi connections and heaps of delicious food. We spend two weekends traveling to other archaeological sites and places of interest, taking dips in the Sea of Galilee and blue Mediterranean. There is usually one free weekend, on which many students take trips to the beach or other sites that they wish to see, and then a final, three-day weekend in Jerusalem as an optional trip. In Jerusalem, students experience the Old City, ride camels on the Mount of Olives, and take side trips to places like Qumran, Masada, and the Dead Sea.

Daily Schedule

4:00 a.m.  Wake up, first breakfast
4:30           Load up and drive to site
5:00           Arrive at site and start work
8:30           Second breakfast in the field
10:30         Fruit break
12:15 p.m. Pack up, drive to the hotel
1:00           Lunch at the hotel
4:30           Pottery reading
6:00           Dinner
7:00           Lecture three nights a week
8:00           Paperwork
300_MtOlives29:30           Bed