One person’s experience at Khirbet Qeiyafa

A couple of weeks ago, the Detroit Free Press ran an article by a Mauricio Gutierrez describing his week-long experience on the Khirbet Qeiyafa dig. He went along with a group of professors and students from Oakland University. His article is a nice insight into life on an excavation.

4 a.m. My eyes feel heavy. Today is my second day of digging.

I’m in Israel for a weeklong archaeological dig — not your regular vacation, but one that brought fulfillment and surprisingly more rest than I’ve gotten sitting on the beach.

Reading his article reminded me of a similar post I wrote during my first season at Kh. Qeiyafa. “A Day in the Life of a Volunteer Archaeological Excavator” It appears Mr. Gutierrez and I had similar impressions, though I don’t recall feeling the heat until later in the morning. (The good news… we usually labor under large shade tarps!)

If you’ve dreamed of joining a dig in Israel, please understand that you can actually do it. This experience is not limited to students in specific fields. It’s a fantastic educational, cultural, and biblical immersion that is open to pretty much anyone. Start making plans now to go over and dig in 2013, or even in 2012! There just might be some space left on this year’s excavation team. It’s an experience you remember for the rest of your life.

Oakland U. has typically joined the dig for the first three weeks of the each season. I always come in the latter half, so we haven’t shared time together on the site. The 2012 season has been shortened from six weeks to four, so our groups may finally overlap this year. I’m hoping for it. I’ve found that some of the best things at the dig are the interesting people you get to know.

About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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2 Responses to One person’s experience at Khirbet Qeiyafa

  1. Matt Irish says:

    I’m a student from OU going on the trip this year! Glad I came across your blog, you’ve got some really interesting stuff here. We’ll be there till the 14th of July. Look forward to possibly meeting you and everyone else involved with the site!

    -Matt Irish

    • lukechandler says:

      Hello Matt,
      We plan to arrive on July 8th, so we’ll overlap a week. Look forward to meeting you and the rest of the group. This will be my 4th season at Qeiyafa but my first time to be around the Oakland U. group. Thanks for dropping a note! Your name is easy to remember, so we will definitely chat in July.

      Best wishes,

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