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Omrit is an interdisciplinary learning experience and anyone is eligible to participate in the excavation without previous experience in archaeology. The 2010 season will run from late May to late June. The cost of the program is approximately $3000 (payable in two installments) and a deposit of $1500 is due by February 15, 2010.


The excavators stay at Kibbutz Kefar Szold in the Upper Galilee in the Bakfar guest houses managed by Gretta Tal. Only a five minute van ride from the site, Kefar Szold sits at the base of a hill on the 1967 border between Israel and Syria. The kibbutz features nicely-furnidshed, hotel-style rooms with air conditioning and kitchenettes. Normally, three people share a room. Recreation facilities include a large swimming pool, basketball courts, and an on site night club. Of particular interest is the unique sculpture gardens located at the entrance of the kibbutz. Kefar Szold prides itself on Galilee horse tours. Most supplies are available at the kibbutz store. Anything not found on the kibbutz can be bought at the nearest town, Qiryat Shemona. For more information about "the true experience of vacation in the Galilee," visit the official Kefar Szold web page at . TEL: 011-972-4-690-7176; FAX: 011-972-4-690-7187


Clothing and personal necessities
  • Work pants
  • Shirts (at least one long-sleeved and T's)
  • Shorts
  • Hat with wide brim
  • Heavy Duty Boots
  • Plenty of socks A couple of nicer outfits
  • Shawl for covering head and shoulders for sightseeing in holy places
  • Comfortable walking shoes, sandals with support okay, e.g. Keen, Mephisto
  • Underwear
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sunscreen (sun is really intense)
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug Spray
  • LEATHER Work Gloves
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Cotton balls for gnats
  • Scarf/Bandana for gnats
  • Medications
  • Various toiletries (Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.)
  • Mesh Laundry Bag*
  • Passport
  • Copy of Passport (separate from your passport)
  • Money/Traveler's Checks/ATM Card
Tools and supplies for site
  • Plumb Bob (optional)
  • String (cotton, light weight)
  • Metal or Plastic Tape Measure with centimeters, NOT a cloth tape measure
  • Pocket line level (optional)
  • Masonry Trowel (about the size of your hand; Marshaltown is the best brand) NOT A GARDEN TROWEL
  • 3-ring Notebook, Paper & Writing Utensils
  • Hole reinforcements
  • Scotch tape
  • Ruler
  • Pocket knife (Swiss Army)
Optional items
  • Camera and batteries
  • Travel book for Israel
  • Travel electrical adaptor (European 2 round prong)
  • A couple of good books
  • Laptop, kibbutz has WIFI
  • Phone with international calling capability

* The kibbutz does our all laundry together once a week and requires the use of mesh laundry bags.

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