Friday, August 12, 2011

Hot Fun in the Summertime

One of the really "cool" things students at ATS have access to is the opportunity to spend part of their summer break in sweltering temps digging in the dirt of Israel.  Dr. John Byron, an Associate Professor of NT, was joined by 8 such adventurous souls this summer.  They returned to Ashland on July 15th after spending five weeks excavating at Tel-Gezer in Israel.  Why did they do it? Well, the technical answer is to reexamine results from previous excavations in the context of newly excavated and published material with emphasis on ancient Gezer during the Iron Age. The less technical answer is it's an incredible opportunity to peek back in time and uncover things that have been buried for centuries.  The ongoing project is sponsored by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Israel Antiquities Authority.  Besides the dig (archaeological field school), participants were treated to on site lectures by staff and guest scholars and regional study tours on the weekends.  Check out the soon-to-be-in-your-hands issue of the Table magazine to read stories from three of the student participants. 

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