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Bethsaida 2014 – Day Ten

In Area T today we made amazing progress, and found something we had not dared to anticipate. As we cleared up the northern half of our square, we exposed more of the wall running N/S along the western edge of … Continue reading

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Bethsaida 2014 – Day Nine

We were back on the dig today, and at least in Area T there was a significant amount of dirt being moved. Everyone is keen to uncover as much of the hidden history of this small part of the site … Continue reading

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Bethsaida 2014 – Day Eight

Today—our second Sunday in the Galilee—was planned as a less intense day. We began by making a short visit to Capernaum which we had not been able to visit the previous Sunday. The landscaping has continued apace since I was … Continue reading

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Bethsaida 2014 – Day Seven

We spent today in Nazareth. What a deep blessing to be back here with a bunch of new friends to show around my favourite place. We began with a brief visit to the Basilica of the Annunciation, before moving just a … Continue reading

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Bethsaida 2014 – Day Six

Today the energy levels were high and the winds were less blustery, so we were set for a good day on the tools at Area T. Even before we were joined by the visitors from Sabeel Nazareth (see below), we … Continue reading

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Bethsaida 2014 – Day Five

Our fifth day since arriving in Israel, and our third day on the tools at the Bethsaida archaeology project. Despite strong winds coming up around 11.00am, we made fantastic progress in Area T  today. We exposed a wall running the entire … Continue reading

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Bethsaida 2014 – Day Four

Today in Area T work continued on the new square that we marked out yesterday. This photo from last year shows the sifters located exactly where we are now digging (!!), which was a spot we chose in 2012 because … Continue reading

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Bethsaida 2014 – Day Three

Today was our first regular day on the dig at Bethsaida. Work resumed in Area A South (Iron Age remains south of the monumental city gates) and Area A West (a Roman villa above Iron Age remains), while in Area T … Continue reading

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Bethsaida 2014 – Day Two

Today was a gentle way to begin the middle session of the 2014 season. Rather than leave on the bus at 5.30am we were able to sleep in and take a late breakfast before taking the bus at 8.30am. The … Continue reading

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Bethsaida 2014 – Day One

After a mostly—and happily—uneventful flight from various Australian cities via Dubai and Amman, the 12 people in this year’s Bethsaida team from Australia arrived safely at Hakuk Balev (also spelt Huqoq) late Saturday afternoon. We checked into our rooms, enjoyed the … Continue reading

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