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If you've always had a bit of an Indiana Jones fantasy, this is the working vacation for you.

If you’ve always wanted to work on an actual archaeological dig, now’s your chance. Our friends at Biblical Archaeological Society have compiled a list of digs that are looking for volunteers of all ages to help them out this summer.

In 2018, archaeologists are asking for assistance in a number of excavation sites in Israel and one in Jordan, and for most of the sites no experience is necessary. Here are just a few that are accepting applications in the coming weeks:

Mt. Zion, Israel (June 16, 2017-July 19, 2018)

Join professors from the University of North Carolina Charlotte just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem as they excavate 1st-century houses, many of which have emerged remarkably intact.

Tel Shiloh, Israel (May 20-June 16, 2018)

Uncover artifacts in Ancient Shiloh, first established in about 1650 B.C. Excavations are sponsored by the Associates for Biblical Research.

Tiberias, Israel (February 4-16, 2018)

Applications are due on January 4 to join the excavations of the ancient city center of Tiberias, founded on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in about the year 19.

The Site of the “Final Battle” in Megiddo, Israel (June 24-August 2, 2018)

Megiddo is considered one of Israel’s most important archaeological sites, according to the Biblical Archaeological Society. Excavations have revealed artifacts from the entire Bronze and Iron Ages, and the site is famous for its appearance in the Book of Revelation, where the final battle between good and evil takes place.

Abila of the Decapolis, Jordan (June 7-July 12, 2018)

Volunteers at the site of the ancient city of Abila will work with archaeologists in the Old City of Jerusalem as they excavate 1st-century houses, or perhaps, uncover to uncover the history of the ancient city of Abila, which was once part of the Decapolis, a league of ten cities that made up a Greco-Roman confederation south of the Sea of the Galilee in the Transjordan.

To see the entire list and learn more about volunteering click here.

 

 

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