I would like to thank ASOR for awarding me a Heritage Fellowship this summer which made it possible for me to excavate at Khirbet Summeily, an Iron Age village site in the Northern Negev Desert. The excavation this summer was done as a part of the Tell el-Hesi Regional Project directed by Dr. James W. Hardin and Dr. Jeffery A. Blakely and affiliated with ASOR.
The summer of 2011 was the first season of excavation at Khirbet Summeily, which is believed to have been an Iron Age village site in the Tell el-Hesi region on the border of ancient Philistia and Judah. The goal of the summerâ€™s excavation was to open a small area of three excavation units to identify the occupational sequence of the small site and to test new field techniques and data collection methods. One new method of collecting data that was used in the field this season was replacing balk drawings and hand drawn top plans with Photogrammetry. We also utilized aerial kite photography throughout the season and with the use of this technology we were able to plot our findings three-dimensionally.
My summer in Israel was an unforgettable adventure in which I was able to travel around the country and see all of the sites that I was only able to read about before. As an undergraduate student, studying Near Eastern Archaeology, the Heritage Fellowship made it possible for me to travel to Israel and gain experience excavating there. The knowledge that I received will help me to pursue graduate school and a career as an archaeologist. Once again I would like to thank ASOR and its donors for awarding me a Heritage Fellowship.
~Christofer Howell, recipient of an ASOR Heritage Excavation Grant