July 21 - August 19 & October 19 - November 3, 2023

The Search for Bethsaida-Julias

The El Araj Excavations Project is an ongoing investigation of Roman-period Bethsaida-Julias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. It enters its seventh season of excavation of Roman, Byzantine, and Crusader material remains. In recent years, the project has received considerable attention for its discovery of a lost, legendary basilica reportedly built over the house of the Apostles Peter and Andrew in Bethsaida. The discovery in 2022 of a dedicatory inscription in the church confirmed its identification.

In the coming seasons, it will focus more effort to opening squares of the Roman-period settlement that likely represents Herod Phillip’s urbanization of the fishing village of Bethsaida into a small Roman polis that he named Julias.

Read more about El-Araj

Digging In: El-Araj


Geographic Location

Sea of Galilee, Northern Israel

Dates of the Dig

July 21 - August 19 & October 19 - November 3, 2023

Minimum Stay

2 Weeks

Application Due

Friday, April 21, 2023

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Contact for more details


Volunteers will be housed in Beit Haccerem, Migdal, Israel.


$2995 for the season


Mordechai Aviam: Kinneret Academic College

Steven Notley: Alliance University


Sunya Notley
[email protected]

Phone: +1 (845)-357-2090

To learn how you can get involved, visit their website and check them out on Facebook.