Interview: Working the “Big Dig” in 1972

A first-hand account from a volunteer on Israel’s early, biggest-ever dig—Professor Benjamin Mazar’s Temple Mount Excavations
Prof. Benjamin Mazar with Ambassador College Chancellor Herbert W. Armstrong

Following the recapture of Jerusalem after the Six-Day War, there was an immediate interest in conducting excavations in the Holy City. Professor Benjamin Mazar led a massive team in undertaking a decade-long project that became known as the “Big Dig” around the southern wall of the Temple Mount (1968-1976). The dig was supported in 50-50 partnership by the leader of our parent organization, Herbert W. Armstrong, chancellor of Ambassador College. Hundreds of Ambassador students participated in the effort.

These major excavations laid the foundation for our continuing digs in Jerusalem and relationship with the Mazar family—today, Armstrong College students continue to participate in excavations led by Professor Mazar’s granddaughter, Dr. Eilat Mazar.

On today’s program, host Christopher Eames interviews one of the early Ambassador students that served under Professor Benjamin Mazar, to find out what life was like on the “Big Dig.” Some of the details, anecdotes, and coincidences might surprise you!