Cancellation of the 2020 summer season at Tell es-Safi/Gath due to the Corona Crisis

Dear all,

First of all – I hope all is well with you and yours!
Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, I have to inform you all that the 2020 summer season at Tell es-Safi/Gath has been officially cancelled, after discussions with the BIU management.
This is due to the current limitations on travel, social distancing, group activities, etc., which although may slowly change, will not be sufficiently back to normal in June to enable us to conduct the season as planned.
Already, many of the foreign teams who usually come to our dig have cancelled for similar reasons. Other digs in Israel that were planned this summer have also cancelled.
Needless to say, those who already paid for participation will be reimbursed (I will privately contact those of you who have paid, to arrange this).
Hopefully, we will be back in the field, for a full season in the summer of 2021, once this crisis is over and we can get back to regular activities!
All the best – and stay safe and healthy,
Aren