Bethsaida Excavations Project

The Bethsaida Excavations Project was formed in 1991 to excavate the lost biblical city of Bethsaida, Israel. UNO, the lead institution of a worldwide consortium of universities, holds a license from the Antiquities Authority of Israel to uncover the secrets of Bethsaida. Faculty, staff, students and hundreds of participants from around the world dig at the site each summer. The discoveries and their impact have been presented and analyzed in scholarly journals and have obtained substantial coverage worldwide in the mass media.

The Bethsaida Excavations Project has helped to establish UNO as a global leader in biblical archaeology. A museum housing a collection of artifacts from Bethsaida is located in Arts and Sciences Hall 343. For further information, please contact the Bethsaida Excavations Program Office  at 402-554-3108 or by email at