September 13 – September 27, 2024

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 eighth 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.

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.


Geographic Location

Sea of Galilee, Northern Israel

Dates of the Dig

September 13 – September 27, 2024

Minimum Stay

2 Weeks

Application Due

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Academic Credit/Cost per Credit/Institution

Contact for more details


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


Contact for more details


Mordechai Aviam: Kinneret Academic College

Steven Notley: Kinneret Academic College and Yeshiva 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.

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