Platt Fellow Reflects on Mosaic Discovery

By: Caroline Carter, 2012 Platt Fellow I ended my last blog saying, “It’s not everyday that you get to protect a 500+-year-old site from frantic farm animals.” As the month continued and new discoveries were made at Huqoq, Israel, I also came to find out that it’s not every day that you can say, “WE […]

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Putting Umaryi Survey Site 84 into Context

By: Amanda Hopkins, 2012 Heritage Fellow You can read Amanda’s previous post here. We were given permission to dig a cave that we are hoping could be a wine cellar found at Tall al- Umayri Survey Site 84. The landowners of this site agreed. News of the ability to dig is very exciting since the opening […]

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Going Vertical to Dig a Little Deeper at Tel Dan

By: Thomas Beyl, 2012 Heritage Fellow 2012 marks my second season of digging at Tel Dan. Thanks to the ASOR Heritage Fellowship, I had the great opportunity of opening a door to a whole new horizon of future field research. I returned to Tel Dan to continue supervising excavation activities begun in 2008 in Area […]

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When Walls Speak

By: Heather S. Pillette, 2012 Heritage Fellow Thank you to the ASOR Heritage Scholarship for aiding me in my travels to dig at Tel Rehov, located in the Beth-Shean Valley of northern Israel. This was my very first dig, and I have decided it will not be my last. Rehov is a unique site as it […]

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Platt Fellow Uncovers 19th Century Excavation in Bronze Age Site

By: Carrie Fulton, 2012 Platt Fellow In 1897, an expedition by the British Museum to Cyprus opened a number of pits in search of tombs in the lower Maroni Valley at Tsaroukkas, removing many objects of interest and backfilling the pits they had created.  Fast-forward about 115 years later and thanks to the generous funding […]

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Week 1: The Price of Progress

By: Amanda Hopkins, 2012 Heritage Fellow When I returned to Jordan for the 2012 dig season  of the Madaba Plains Project excavations at Tall al-`Umayri, with a fellowship from ASOR, I was dismayed to find that my proposed survey site now hosted a large and fully constructed shell of an apartment building dug into the […]

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Heritage Fellow Uncovers Unique Mudbrick Wall

By: Stephanie Boonstra, 2012 Heritage Fellow On Friday, May 4th I arrived in Madaba, a small city in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, at 2:30am and completely exhausted. After the eight-hour flight from Toronto to Frankfurt, the seven-hour layover in the large German airport, and the four-hour flight from Frankfurt to Amman (complete with screaming toddlers), […]

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Heritage Fellow Digging in at Neo-Assyrian Site

By: Dylan Johnson, 2012 Heritage Fellow Thanks to the ASOR Heritage Fellowship, I am currently participating in my fourth archaeological excavation season. This is the first year I am working at the site of Tell Tayinat in southern Turkey, having worked three previous seasons in excavations around Israel. The site is best known for its […]

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Magnetic Heritage Fellow Digs in the Negev

EnglishEnglishFrenchPowered by TranslateBy: Michele Stillinger, 2012 Heritage Fellow Thanks in part to the ASOR Heritage Fellowship, I am completing my first field season in Israel collecting archaeomagnetic samples for my dissertation research.  It has been a very hot four weeks in the Negev desert, where we are excavating at the Iron-Age site of Khirbet Summeily, […]

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Report on Mosaics Discovered at Huqoq in Israel

EnglishEnglishFrenchPowered by Translate Female face in Huqoq mosaic. Photo by Jim Haberman By: Jodi Magness In June 2011, a multi-year excavation project began in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Lower Eastern Galilee, directed by Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-directed by Dr. David Amit and […]

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Several centuries of glass in one summer

By: Carrie Swan, The Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University, 2012 Platt Fellow As a glass artifact specialist, my research is not limited to a particular time period or geographic region, so I am able to study material from a range of times and places. It’s incredibly interesting and rewarding to view […]

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Heritage Fellow Helps Discover Ancient Mosaic Showing Samson

By: James Heilpern, 2012 Heritage Fellow We found a mosaic. That’s right . . . a beautiful, intact, exquisite mosaic covering the ancient synagogue floor at Huqoq.

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Heritage Fellow’s Mysterious Find at Khirbat Ataruz

By: Christine Chitwood, 2012 Heritage Fellow Ever since I decided to embark on the adventure of archaeological studies, I have been told by professors that, “it’s not what you find, it’s what you find out.”  With this simple phrase, I was satisfied to participate in past field excavations, as well as my current excavation at […]

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Heritage Fellow Finds a Stone with Ancient Drawing in an Iron Age Reservoir

By: Abelardo Rivas, Andrews University, 2012 Heritage Fellow This year I participated, thanks to the Heritage Scholarship, in two excavations in Jordan. My duty was to supervise two squares, one at Tell Jalul and a second square at Khirbet Atarutz. Our goal for the season in square W-7 at Jalul was to trace the development, […]

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Platt Fellow Experiences New Cultural Worlds

By: Mariana Garcia de la Noceda, 2012 Platt Fellow The Middle East is one of the few places in the world where you can be digging in your square, just minding your own business, while there are camels and donkeys walking around the site sniffing the picks and shovels. It’s also one of the few […]

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Heritage Fellow Dips Into the Past

By: Stephane Beaulieu, Andrews University, 2012 Heritage Fellow My desire to experience an archaeological excavation has been made a reality, thanks to the generous ASOR Heritage Fellowship that I received for 2012. This scholarship helped fund an opportunity to spend three weeks in Jordan at Tall Jalul, near Madaba, where teams from Andrews University have […]

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ASOR Funding Helps Student Participate in Huqoq Excavation

By: Caroline Carter, 2012 Platt Fellow I will never forget the moment I read the email from ASOR notifying me that I was a recipient of the 2012 Platt Scholarship. I was in class, and I immediately burst into tears of joy. I am a rising junior, double majoring in Classical Archaeology and Ancient Mediterranean […]

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Platt Fellow at the Mazotos Shipwreck Excavation, Cyprus

By: Sara Rich, University of Leuven, 2012 Platt Fellow I’d like to tell you about my best day in the field – ever. Honestly, between the promise of keel wood and the dolphins, there isn’t even a close runner up. This morning the waters off the south-central coast of Cyprus were calm despite the storm […]

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ASOR Fellow excavates at Tel Burna

My participation in the 2011 excavation season at Tel Burna, made possible through the support of the Platt Fellowship from the American Schools of Oriental Research, helped further my research on the socio-political history of the Shephelah. During the Iron Age, Tel Burna was situated in the borderlands of Judah and Philistia, and my work […]

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ASOR Fellow Explores Ashkelon

Thanks to the generous funding from an ASOR Platt Excavation Fellowship, I was able to join the The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon for the 2011 excavation season under the direction of Dr. Daniel Master. There I served as an Assistant Square Supervisor in the excavations of the Severan-period odeion, led by Dr. Tracy Hoffman. […]

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