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 2012 season by covering the cost of my airfare to Egypt. For many students who have chosen to work in Egypt, the cost of airfare can limit or entirely exclude individuals from participation in field work. When combined, airfare, room and board, ground transit, baggage fees, and other miscellaneous expenses to undertake field work in Egypt can cost thousands of dollars. Mitigating even one of those factors can take a potential field season from being cost-prohibitive, to being possible.
On a professional level, because my financial burden was eased thanks to the Platt Excavation Fellowship, I was able to work with some amazing researchers at an extraordinary site in Egypt. The work accomplished during the 2012 excavation season has thus far yielded a professional presentation (to be presented at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual conference in April 2013), as well as new insight into a very under-studied period of ancient Egyptian history.
My participation in the 2012 season at Mendes also afforded me the opportunity to work with a great group of undergraduate field school participants. Not only was I able to undertake field work to enhance my own research, but I was able to teach students burial excavation methods and techniques—something which would not have been possible had I been unable to participate in the field season.
Looking back, it was a very comprehensive season in which I learned a great deal, researched, and had the opportunity to assist in the training of another generation of archaeologists. I have made good friends, and met a host of future colleagues. All of this was made possible thanks to the generous donors who sponsor the Platt Excavation Fellowship.
As you know, ASOR’s mission is to support archaeology in the Near East, and now we have an exciting opportunity for you to support students of archaeology directly! Every year ASOR gives out around 30 Platt and Heritage Fellowships to deserving students to defray the costs of excavating in the Near East. Thanks to last year’s March Fellowship Madness drive we gave out a total of 42 scholarships and we are trying to beat that number this year.
Our goal is to raise $10,000, and if we succeed, two generous donors will give funding for four additional fellowships, meaning a total of 14 additional students will get funding this year! Help us seize this opportunity to send more students into the field! Donate now!
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