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Digging the Iron Age at Bethsaida

By: Olga Goussev-Sushinsky, 2013 Heritage Fellow For my first archaeological dig, I decided to choose Bethsaida.  The site is located at north-east shore of the Sea of Galilee and is most known for its role in the New Testament. It is also renowned for being the capital of the Biblical kingdom Geshur.  Led by Dr. […]

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Excavating Canaanite remains at Tel Jezreel

By: Ashley Motes, 2013 Heritage Fellow From May to June, I spent four weeks at Tel Jezreel in Israel participating in the Jezreel Expedition. Norma Franklin of Zinman Institute of Archaeology at Israel’s University of Haifa and Jennie Ebeling of University of Evansville were the directors of the project. The focus of the Jezreel Expedition is […]

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Shalom from Huqoq, Israel!

By: Megan Hynek, 2013 Platt Fellowship recipient Deciding to dig in Israel was an easy decision. I am currently a fourth year archaeology student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All archaeology students there are required to attend a dig field school. We have several options including digs in northern Peru, Mississippi, and […]

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More than Just Airfare: ASOR’s Good Investment

By: Mehrnoush Soroush, 2012 Heritage Fellow In the summer of 2012, I received an ASOR fellowship to join a field project in central Turkey, in the region of Cappadocia. Elsewhere, I described my immense happiness about receiving the fellowship and the invaluable experiences I gained in the field. Here, I would like to write about […]

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A Lasting Impact on My Head and Heart

By: Heather Pillette, Asbury Seminary, 2012 Heritage Fellow It was a huge honor and great blessing to be one of the recipients of the Heritage Fellowship last year.  I journeyed to the beautiful northern Beth-Shean Valley of Israel to participate in the final dig of a beloved tel: Tel Rehov.  It was an incredible journey […]

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Archaeology Students, the Academic Artists

By: Justin Yoo, 2011 Platt Fellow I once heard it said about artists, that they essentially go through life as ‘beggars.’ Even when they are employed, they are always looking for their next job and meal. Sometimes as a graduate student in archaeology, I feel we students can relate to this notion.  We are beholden […]

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A Quadcopter over Tel Dan

By: Thomas Beyl, 2012 Heritage Fellow This past summer I had the great honor of receiving an ASOR Heritage Fellowship, which allowed me to pursue my dream of using a remote controlled aircraft to do aerial photography on an excavation. In the fall of 2011 I was invited by Dr. David Ilan to return to […]

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A Monumental Surprise in Turkey

By: Dylan Johnson, 2012 Heritage Fellow ASOR’s Heritage Fellowship afforded me, along with many other students with an interest in Near Eastern archaeology, the opportunity to participate in archaeological excavations throughout the Near East. This past summer, I worked at Tell Taʾyinat, a small site in the southwestern province of Hatay, Turkey, close to the […]

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Support Archaeology Students

Haven’t given to ASOR’s March Fellowship Madness yet? We are giving away a copy of The Photographs of the American Palestine Exploration Society (AASOR v. 66) by Rachel Hallote, Felicity Cobbing, and Jeffrey Spurr to one of the donors to our fellowship fundraising drive! Here’s a chance to support a good cause and get something […]

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Fulfilling my Dream

By: Kristen Johnson, 2012 Heritage Fellow As someone who has spent a large portion of their adult life studying the intricacies of the Hebrew Bible narrative, subscribing to Biblical Archaeology Review, and learning ancient dead languages like Biblical Hebrew, getting the opportunity to experience my studies tangibly in their natural habitat of Israel through an archaeological […]

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A Wonderful Season

By: Amanda Hopkins, 2012 Heritage Fellow I received financial assistance as a Heritage Fellowship recipient which helped me to purchase my plane ticket. In addition to this practical benefit, I was able to share my experiences through the ASOR blog. Now, as I reflect upon my earlier posts (First, Second, Third, and Last) I have various […]

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ASOR Heritage Fellowship: Helping Students Achieve Their Aspirations

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. […]

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With ASOR’s Help No Need to Stowaway

By: Sara Rich, 2012 Platt Fellow, Mazotos Shipwreck Excavation, Cyprus Last summer, I received a Platt Foundation Fellowship to return for the third season of the Mazotos Shipwreck Excavation in Cyprus. The 18-m long cargo vessel went down a few decades before the Kyrenia, during the Late Classical Period (mid-fourth c. BC). Previous years had […]

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ASOR Heritage Fellowship: The Beginning of a Grand Adventure

By: Nate Ramsayer, M.A. student in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East at Brandeis University, 2012 Heritage Fellow My participation in fieldwork was entirely predicated upon receiving a Heritage Fellowship; it allowed me to buy a plane ticket to the Middle East. Had I not been granted an award, you’d find a much grumpier, much […]

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Changing perceptions through fieldwork

By: Nicholas Ames, 2012 Platt Fellow The first thing that struck me once the post-excavation haze wore off a few weeks after my return to the United States, was the sudden realization of the vast difference between “education” and “edification.” The classroom’s education provides the theoretical framework with which to situate my perception of the […]

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The Platt Fellowship’s Impact

By: Andrew LoPinto, 2012 Platt Fellow Being selected to receive the ASOR Platt Excavation Fellowship has profoundly impacted me and my career in numerous ways.  On a practical level, the support of the Platt Excavation Fellowship made it possible for me to join the staff of the Pennsylvania State University expedition to Mendes for the […]

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The Platt Fellowship Changed My Life

By: Caroline Carter, 2012 Platt Fellow In the summer of 2011, I attended my first archaeological excavation during the opening season of the Huqoq Excavation Project in Huqoq, Israel under the direction of Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Israel Antiquities Authority. I had not planned on […]

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Finally underway at Zincirli Höyük, Turkey!

By: Jordan Skornik, University of Chicago Divinity School After a later-than-usual start due to Ramadan, the 7th season of the Neubauer Expedition to Zincirli (ancient Sam’al), an archaeological project of the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, began in earnest. Digging officially commenced at dawn on Saturday, August 25, and with only one week under our belts, […]

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Wrapping up at Tall al-Umayri

By: Amanda Hopkins, 2012 Heritage Fellow Read Amanda’s earlier posts here (1), here (2), and here (3). Week Four and the end of this year’s dig: As we continue our digging something very exciting happens- a white, hollow and crumbly residue is found clinging to the chisel marks. This is definitely plaster! The chiseling and […]

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Summer discoveries at Khirbet Summeily

By: Tiffany Raymond, 2012 Heritage Fellow This summer I was able to take part in the excavations at Khirbet Summeily due to the fact that ASOR awarded me a Heritage Fellowship, and I am very grateful to them for this. Khirbet Summeily is an Iron Age village site on the edge of the Negev Desert, […]

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