"If you are thinking about excavating at Tel Beth-Shemesh, do not hesitate! This is an incredibly rewarding field school, where you will learn pivotal field techniques and methodology, while engaging with vibrant and exciting material. Be prepared to get dirty in this intensive hands-on field school where you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished academics in their fields of study. Being able to spend a month excavating in Israel while taking in the beautiful scenery throughout the country is an experience I will never forget. I have made some of my closest friends at TBS and hold this site very dear to my heart."
-Tara Collett, University of Lethbridge (2014)
"The field school at Tel Beth-Shemesh is a wonderful experience for anybody looking to work in archaeology in the future, or for those who just want to see what an excavation is like. The field school provided ample training in archaeological methods of excavation, and with the nightly lectures on the area, it provided a clear insight into the history of the site and the people who would have lived there. I fell in love with the country of Israel and the people there, and would highly recommend that others give it a try. The work is intense, but the knowledge you receive, the skills you gain, and the friends you make are worth every moment."
-Holly Krause, University of Lethbridge (2014)
"The field school at Tel Beth-Shemesh is one of the greatest experiences I have had, personally and academically. As a student of archaeology, what better place is there to dig and visit than one of the most excavated places on earth? Dr. Shawn Bubel, Dr. Zvi Lederman, and Dr. Shlomo Bunimovitz offer students an experience on and off site that is incredibly engrossing, infinitely rewarding, and a whole lot of fun! I don't think I have ever worked harder or learned more than while under their instruction in Israel. The field school is an incredible opportunity to learn valuable field and laboratory methods, while being immersed in the many past and present cultures of Israel. The weekends are spent exploring the country, its cities, and its many archaeological sites, while the weekdays are spent uncovering the city of Beth Shemesh. I highly recommend this trip to everyone I know, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to participate in uncovering the story of the city and its people."
-Laura Shuttleworth, University of Lethbridge (2014)
"I participated in the Tel Beth-Shemesh Field School at the end of my fourth year of university. My major is in archaeology and I always knew that this was something I was very interested in and wanted to dedicate my life to. However, I knew that field work could potentially be a make it or break experience for whether or not I would be able to handle being a field archaeologist. I wasn't sure what to expect or how I would like it. It was my first experience with any field work as well as any sort of heavy manual labor. However, I can honestly say that it was one of the best experiences of my life and I can't wait to go back or participate in more excavations. It allowed me to gain new appreciation for the scientific aspect of archaeology in which stratigraphy and precise excavation methods are paramount; something which is difficult to comprehend in a classroom. It also has prompted me to want to further my education in the field of archaeology, particularly in that part of the world. We were lucky enough to work alongside some amazing archaeologists who provided so much knowledge and were always eager to help the students understand.
Also, the experiences that I have gained from traveling to this part of the world and being immersed in the culture for five weeks are something that I consider to be some of the best life lessons I could ever receive. We were there during a time of turmoil and were provided valuable insight into one of the main conflicts in the world. Ultimately, this field school has changed my life. It has provided me with new direction for my future career and has allowed me to view cultures different from my own with respect and understanding. I would suggest to anyone that it is worth their while to participate in it."
-Jessica Nish, University of Lethbridge (2014)
"Going to Israel was without a doubt the best decision I have ever made. Aside from learning about field techniques I also got the opportunity to experience the world from a totally different culture. It was a life changing experience that changed my views not only on archaeology but also on our own perceptions of the world. The long days and hard work helped me to understand a work ethic and made me realize archaeology was what I wanted to do. It was an opportunity to make new friends and strengthen old ones. Israel is a beautiful part if the world full of history and undiscovered wonders under every rock. It was, without a doubt, the best trip I have ever taken, and it was truly awe-inspiring experience. I would recommend it to anyone and go again in a heartbeat."
-Eric Skawski, University of Lethbridge (2014)