Monday, October 13, 2014

Gezer Water System 2015 Dig

Gezer Water System Expedition
May 24 - June 11, 2015
Tel Gezer, Israel

THE PROJECT: Participate in the excavation of an ancient Canaanite water system at Tel Gezer in Israel.

DATES: May 24 - June 11, 2015. Volunteers should plan to arrive no later than May 22, and those working all three weeks should plan departures for June 12 or 13.

COST: $1800 for the 3-week season, or $600 per week (Extra days $100/day) + airfare. Costs cover room, board and weekend travel. Preference will be given to three-week participants. Participants are responsible for their own flights to and from Israel. The dig will arrange airport pickup.

WEEKEND TRAVEL: The expedition will arrange several field trips covering key areas of Israel. Weekend travel costs are included in the excavation pricing.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Volunteers will be housed in air-conditioned rooms at the Neve Shalom Guest House, with three to four persons per room.

ACADEMIC CREDIT: Undergraduate or graduate course credit for up to 6 semester hours is available. Additional tuition fees apply.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Dan Warner ( or Dr. Dennis Cole (

Sponsored by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s
Moskau Institute of Archaeology/Center for Archaeological Research
and the Israel Nature and Park Authority

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gezer 2014 - Diagram of the Gezer Water System

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Some of the blog readers have mentioned to me that they aren't quite clear on the specifics of the water system at Gezer. Hopefully the graphic above will help explain and illustrate the specifics of the system that are known. The tunnel/shaft of the massive ancient water system at Gezer measures 15 feet wide by 24 feet high (at it widest and highest point) and stretches 130 feet into the ground at a 38-degree angle. It is possible that the system was cut by Canaanites and dates to the Early Bronze Age. When NOBTS started the dig, nearly 65 percent of the tunnel was filled with dirt. 

Monday, June 16, 2014