Courtesy Bethsaida Excavations

ON THE COVER: Poised between dusty fingers stands a diminutive figurine of an Egyptian god—one of the treasures found last summer at Bethsaida, north of the Sea of Galilee. Excavator Rami Arav describes this statuette in “Prize Find: An Iron Age Amulet from the Galilee.” Unexpected finds such as this emerge every summer during excavations in the Middle East. To learn how you can join a dig at one of the 27 sites in Israel and Jordan, see “Between a Rock and a High Place.”