ASOR Heritage Fellowship: Helping Students Achieve Their Aspirations

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With some of the new friends while in Wadi Rum

By: Stephanie Boonstra, 2012 Heritage Fellow

Returning to Khirbat al-Mudayna as a square supervisor this past summer was a life-changing experience for me.  I was awarded the Heritage Fellowship thanks to the generous donors of ASOR, which allowed me to revisit the ancient Kingdom of Moab to supervise and excavate under the direction of Dr. P.M. Michèle Daviau.

Not only did the field season award me with valuable excavation and supervising experience, but it also gave me the opportunity to visit archaeological sites throughout Jordan, experience the culture of the captivating country, network with fellow archaeological students and archaeologists, and build life-long friendships.

The most rewarding, and equally stressful, part of the excavation season was preparing and completing the final report for the square that I was charged with excavating and supervising. The report forced me to analyze and critically think about what was uncovered within my square. By working as a square supervisor at Khirbat al-Mudayna, I received valuable experience in writing concise yet detailed archaeological reports, which is a transferrable skill that I have graciously taken with me.


A group of us mending a pithos during lab time.

My time in Jordan also greatly affected my academic career. With the encouragement of a new friend and mentor acquired in Jordan, I applied to graduate programs this past fall. I truly believe that the ability to return to the field this past summer was a major reason why I was accepted into competitive Master of Arts programs and will be beginning my graduate studies in September 2013. Therefore, I cannot thank the members of ASOR enough for their generosity, as they have been an integral part in helping me to pursue my academic aspirations.

Read Stephanie’s previous post here.


As you know, ASOR’s mission is to support archaeology in the Near East, and now we have an exciting opportunity for you to support students of archaeology directly! Every year ASOR gives out around 30 Platt and Heritage Fellowships to deserving students to defray the costs of excavating in the Near East. Thanks to last year’s March Fellowship Madness drive we gave out a total of 42 scholarships and we are trying to beat that number this year.

Our goal is to raise $10,000, and if we succeed, two generous donors will give funding for four additional fellowships, meaning a total of 14 additional students will get funding this year!  Help us seize this opportunity to send more students into the field! Donate now!



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