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Fellowship Report: Archaeology, Photography, Culture

This summer, I had the opportunity to work with the Karak Resources Project, which excavates an Iron Age site of Khirbat Mudaybi, located about a 45-minute drive southeast of Karak. This was made possible with an excavation […]

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Karak Resources Project: 2014 Excavation at Mudaybi, Jordan

By: J. Dwayne Howell, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Campbellsville University Mudaybi, Jordan is an Iron Age II fortification located on the Fajj al-Usaykir on the Karak plateau.  It is being excavated by the Karak Resources Project, under the leadership of Dr. Jerry Mattingly (Johnson University). The project began in 1995 and there have been […]

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My Time with the Associates for Biblical Research at Khirbet el Maqatir in Israel

*This scholarship was made possible by donations made to the 2014 scholarship drive. Donate today. By: Matt Glassman, 3rd year Ph.D. Student, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Yale University This May, I was able to join the Associates for Biblical Research for their excavation at Khirbet el Maqatir in Israel.  I am grateful for the […]

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Andrews University Sicily Excavation

Studying archaeology, reading books related to the subject, and obtaining good grades in archaeology related courses does not turn one into a bona fide archaeologist. Having the privilege to participate in an archaeological excavation on the field is […]

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10 Tips for Packing for a Dig

As the temperature starts to rise outside, many of us will pack our bags and head into the field. In archaeology, summer is a time for excavations and travel. Since a majority of these excavations will not likely be in your backyard, we here at ASOR thought we’d put together some tips for packing for […]

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Gold solidus of Constantius II, with the bust of the emperor wearing military dress and helmet, with a spear and shield. 351–355 CE.

Coins and Plain Wares at Kourion’s Amathous Gate Cemetery

By: Anne Destrooper-Georgiades, Smadar Gabrieli and Michael Given One of the most striking features of the Greco-Roman city of Kourion  on the south coast of Cyprus is the cemetery that lines the road leading up to the Amathous Gate on the south-eastern side of its Acropolis. The tombs range from the Hellenistic to Late Roman period […]

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Digging at a Copper Mining Region in Southern Jordan

By: Juan Manuel Tebes, Catholic University of Argentina, University of Buenos Aires, National Research Council Platt Fellowship Recipient Thanks to an ASOR Platt Fellowship I was able to participate in the 2013 season of the Barqā Landscape Project (BLP), Jordan, directed by Dr. Russell B. Adams (University of Waterloo, Canada). My participation in this project […]

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DIGGING UP ABEL-BETH-MAACAH

By: Rimon Armaly, 2013 Heritage Fellowship Recipient In the 2013 season, I participated in a dig at Abel-Beth-Maacah. I am currently a second-year archaeology student at Trinity International University. The program at Trinity requires the participation of students in a dig somewhere in the Middle East. From among the various options, I chose Abel-Beth-Maacah in […]

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Ad-Deir Plateau Archaeological Survey

By: Daniel King, 2013 Heritage Fellowship Recipient This past May, I participated in an archaeological survey of the Ad-Deir Plateau in Petra Archaeological Park, Jordan with the help of a Heritage Fellowship from the American Schools of Oriental Research. In conjunction with the Jordanian Department of Antiquities and the onsite team directed by Dr. Cynthia […]

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2013 Expedition to Khirbat Iskandar and its Environs

By: Cassandra Parsons, 2013 Heritage Fellowship Recipient Normally, my response to the typical back-to-school or September-time question—the dreaded “How was your summer?”— is rather boring. Usually, summers are hot, and I typically work in a local pizza shop almost every day. That wasn’t the case this year, thanks in part to a Heritage Fellowship that […]

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The Value of Bricks

By: M. Barbara Reeves, 2013 Harris Grant recipient Bricks don’t get a lot of respect as artifacts. Perhaps it’s because they’re so ubiquitous on many archaeological sites. Or perhaps it’s because their form, composition, and function seem so very obvious to everyone. After all, human beings the world over have been making bricks—baked and unbaked—in […]

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Excavating Village Life in Roman-Period Galilee

Alex Ramos, University of Pennsylvania, Platt Fellowship Recipient This summer, I was able to join the Samford University-led excavations of Shikhin, thanks in no small part to the ASOR fellowship that helped fund my stay. I was invited to come on as an area supervisor, in charge of the excavation and meticulous recording of two […]

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2013 Platt Fellowship: A Summer at Hippos Sussita

Matt Winter, Platt Fellowship Recipient My initial introduction to the site of Hippos Sussita, near Kibbutz Ein Gev in Israel, was one which left me feeling a sense of the grandeur this ancient city must have had. One of the member cities of the Decopolis, a region of ten major cities in what is today Israel, Jordan and Syria. […]

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ASORtv: How the Grants Help

When ASOR Director Andy Vaughn traveled to Israel and Jordan in 2012, he met up with recipients of the Platt and Heritage Fellowships. He asked them three questions… What is the most exciting thing to happen on a dig? How has this grant helped you? What is the strangest and/or toughest thing to happen on a dig? In this […]

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Jefferson Travels: Kibbutz Ruhama

By: Jeff Porter, Heritage Fellowship Recipient  Among the bustling crowd–the ruby-eyed transients who resemble prisoners more than travelers, gang of three-foot pigeons carelessly strutting while complaining about the filthy bathrooms, and intermittent track meets by world-class sprinters with luggage in tow–there is not much to distract you in Terminal C. So, my eleven hour layover in […]

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The “Earthquake House” in Cyprus

Erin Daughters, Tandy Institute for Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Platt Fellowship Recipient  Every day at Kourion, Cyprus, thousands of tourists arrive to see the beautiful mosaics, monumental buildings, baths, and theatre. My little sliver of Kourion, located to the southeast of the major architecture, is less visited. We have a few groups come […]

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Pottery and the Petra Garden and Pool Complex (PGPC) Excavation

By: Sarah Wenner, 2013 Heritage Fellowship Recipient  This summer was one of the busiest and most exciting I have ever had, thanks in large part to Heritage Fellowship I received through ASOR, and one which showed me the diversity of sites in the Wadi Musa area. My first project was an excavation of the Petra […]

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Journal of a Rowanduz Archaeological Project (RAP) Participant

By: Kyra Kaercher, PhD Candidate and 2013 Platt Fellowship Recipient Department of Archaeology, Boston University June 6th, 2013 While waiting for our permit to be signed for the Rowanduz Archaeological Project (RAP), we went to a few gatherings hosted by the Mayor of Rowanduz. RAP is a project located in Northern Iraq, in the Autonomous Kurdish Region. This project is a […]

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2013 Platt Fellowship: From Student to Supervisor in Cyprus

By: Lydia Dwyer, 2013 Platt Fellowship Recipient The ancient city-state of Idalion was once one of the largest copper-producing cities on Cyprus. The volcanic hills of the island hide copper-rich pillow lavas that Idalionites would mine, process, and then export to one of the port cities. Dr. Pamela Gaber has operated the site since 1987, […]

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Recipe for Surviving an Archaeological Excavation

By: Marielle Velander, 2013 Meyers Fellow I’m already halfway through my three weeks as an archaeologist at Tel Kabri, a Middle Bronze Age palace in northwestern Israel, my participation made possible by the Meyers Fellowship through the American Schools for Oriental Research (ASOR). I’ve learned a lot already about what is necessary to get through […]

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