Heritage Grant Recipient Alexandrea Barogianis Describes her Summer with the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project

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ASOR and the Heritage donors made it possible for students such as myself to be granted the opportunity to travel with the University of Toronto this past summer. I was able to excavate with the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project led by Debra Foran. I not only had the opportunity to excavate a extensively researched site but I also learned various archaeological aspects which included: surveying methods, recording procedures, the techniques used for the processing of artifacts, the function and structure of an archaeological field project and how to identify and relate historical and cultural periods in Jordan to the city of Madaba. The location of the tell is unique in that the site that we excavated is positioned in the modern city of Madaba. Digging in an urban environment made it difficult yet enjoyably challenging when trying to understand the relationship between the landscapes.

The entire team worked hard every day to expose more Iron Age levels, along with endless amounts of pottery and faunal material dating from the Early Bronze Age to the Hellenistic periods. In addition, daily laboratory sessions also enhanced my knowledge on the process and analysis of artifacts. Attending lectures and our weekly field trips across Jordan which included excursions to Petra, Wadi Rum and Jerash, were a crucial part of my understanding of the Near Eastern region. Digging in the region of Jordan was a new and exciting experience for me. Each and every day I learned more than I ever hoped, but most importantly this experience enhanced my desire to continue studying archaeology and I am forever grateful to ASOR for supporting me in my endeavors.

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1 Comments for : Heritage Grant Recipient Alexandrea Barogianis Describes her Summer with the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project
    • Linda
    • October 30, 2011

    I think that its wonderful to provide students the knowledge and learning that they need to move forward in their careers. Thank you ASOR. My daughter had a great experience!

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