"We have great faculty who are not just great at teaching archaeology and teaching the Bible, but they are great archaeologists."
Cameron Coyle, 2013 Field Archaeologist
The undertaking of an overseas archaeological research project requires a substantial financial investment. A strong financial foundation is required for any foreign project to excavate in Israel. Our goal is to develop a core support base to enable the unencumbered research and excavation of Tel Gezer and to publish the results in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, the results of biblical archaeological research do not provide any financial benefits as do other scientific disciplines.
The research goals, aims, and results of biblical archaeology are based on the support of individuals who understand and are committed to the value of the discoveries that are produced by archaeological excavations and the contribution to our knowledge of the past, particularly as it relates to the Bible.
The majority of the project is financed by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a group of consortium members. While students pay for participation, these fees cover only costs for student involvement such as the academic program, travel, and room and board. The project does not charge students for any of the annual operating budget such as the purchase of field and lab equipment, the analysis and processing of the material culture, conservation, staff and specialists, and publication costs. The project can only be successful with the generosity of private donors.
If you would like to support the Tel Gezer Excavation Project financially, please make your check payable to "SWBTS-The Tel Gezer Excavation Project." The seminary and project will send you a receipt for your tax deductible contribution.
Steven M. Ortiz
Project co-director and Principal Investigator