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The Kids Dig involves three hours of actual archaeological excavation at the two dig sites on the grounds of the Center for Near Eastern. Activities include supervised digging, discovering, sifting, recording, and analyzing of finds. One site is set in the early Iron Age, around 1200 BC, and the other in the Roman period, the time of Jesus.

  • Cost $5.00

The Kids Dig Registration

The Kids Dig Registration
Payments can be made at the time of "The Dig."
Price: $5

November 15-16, 2014

Archaeology Discovery Weekend is an annual event in mid-November, sponsored by the Center for Near Eastern Archaeology and organized by its Archaeology Planning Committee. The schedule typically involves Saturday afternoon and evening and most of Sunday. Events include Lectures by world-class scholars on a common theme, a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean banquet, a Teachers Workshop, a Kids Dig, hands-on lab activities, and a genuine Bedouin Hospitality Tent set up for refreshments.

The sixth annual Archaeology Discovery Weekend will feature the intriguing world of Maritime Archaeology, also known as Marine Archaeology, Nautical Archaeology, or Underwater Archaeology. Topics of interest:

Recovered shipwrecks on Cyprus (Kyrenia) and in Turkey (Uluburun)
The maritime travels of the Sea Peoples
The Mediterranean harbors at Carthage, Caesarea Maritima, and possible Ashkelon
The Galilee Boat
Roman maritime activity on the Dead Sea


Specialists from around the world will present their research.

Past weekend subjects

2013 - Jerusalem
2012 - Cyprus
2011 - Egypt
2010 - Mesopotamia, with a focus on Nineveh
2009 - Jordan, with a focus on Petra