News Flash: Update on our Plans in 2018
In order to prepare for a full and expanded excavation in 2019, the Directors of the Mt. Zion dig have decided to take a hiatus from full-scale digging in 2018. There will be some work but only on a very small scale in order to complete the excavation of a few unfinished features from last season as well as to sort post-excavation materials.This decision was made for two very important reasons:
First,the Israel Antiquities Authority has requested that the Mt. Zion expedition demonstrate progress with the publication of final excavation reports. As a result, the main focus of the 2018 season will be on organizing all of the excavated materials, with key staff members working on preparing their reports for publication.
Second, we will be creating a more permanent headquarters in Jerusalem with a relocation to a new property nearby! Final negotiations are underway and moving should commence early in the new year. More news will be shared about this exciting development once all plans are finalized.
This is an amazing time for our Mt. Zion Archaeological project. These publications, a new headquarters, an expanded excavation in 2019 are in the works and all supported by our sponsors, donors and dig participants from all over the world. We are proud and honored to be such an integral part of the history of Jerusalem and we so look forward to seeing you all in 2019. Be sure to follow us on Facebook at the link below.During 2018 we will carry on limited excavation activities associated with post-excavation clarification of the site with our UNC Charlotte Study Abroad Students. UNC Charlotte students, undergraduate or graduate, as well as students at any accredited U.S. college or university can apply to be part of the UNC Charlotte Education Abroad group in 2018. Students receive 6 semester hours academic transfer credit, undergraduate or graduate, in Religious Studies or History. This program runs for three weeks with two weeks digging and one week touring the country and lectures. Professor Robert McEachnie is the instructor of record for the course. The price includes course tuition, the dig fees, room and board, some meals, and all touring costs. For registration, costs, and more information see here
Please join our Facebook group here if you are thinking of joining us or if you just want to keep up with the excavation. You can ask questions of members, find roommates for the summer at the hotel, or otherwise learn more about the actual experience of digging.