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The Program

In Summer 2021 there won't be an active excavation season at Hippos due to the COVID-19 situation. Please keep updated.

The 2020 dig brochure

Link to the International School, University of Haifa

In the Summer of 2020 we shall conduct our next season of excavations at Hippos (Sussita).
The site is located on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, a short distance from Kibbutz Ein-Gev.
The city of Hippos is naturally bordered by cliffs and slopes of the hill on which Hippos was built, overlooking the Sea of Galilee.

This season's plans:

  • Excavation of the "Burnt Church" 
  • Excavation of the Roman period theater
  • Excavation along the west decumanus maximus
  • Excavation of the Saddle-Ridge Mausoleum

The season will last four weeks, June 28th - July 23th 2020. 

Program Schedule
Work Hours are 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, with additional work assignments in the afternoons.
Each week, lectures will be held and one guided tour per session to sites in the north of Israel (all costs are included).
Participants are free on weekends to relax in the Kibbutz or travel on their own.
Participants must be at Kibbutz Ein-Gev on the evening before the first working day. The volunteers may arrive to the Kibbutz as early as Friday.
Those who wish to arrive earlier or stay on for a few days after the weekend must coordinate in advance.

Daily Schedule
Beginning June 28th, work will proceed according to the following schedule, Sunday through Thursday:

4:10 Wake-up
5:00 Work begins
8:30 Breakfast
9:00 Return to work
12:00 End of field work
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Rest and optional swimming in the swimming in the Sea of Galilee
16:00 - 18:00 Afternoon activities: Processing finds, lectures and guided tours
18:30 Dinner


All volunteers are expected to respect and follow basic rules and regulations. The program is rewarding but demanding. It includes a short climb up to the site and physical work in the field.
The hours are long and the sun is hot and bright. Anyone lacking the energy and enthusiasm to benefit of hard work and enjoyment should not apply.