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Posts by Benjamin Douglass

Summer Excavations in Israel: Tel Megiddo and Tel Azekah

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

Summer Excavations in Israel: Tel Megiddo and Tel Azekah

Part of TAU’s International MA Program in Archaeology is a 4-week excavation. This year the two options for excavations were Tel Megiddo and Tel Azekah. Each excavation was 4 weeks long, with Megiddo running from mid-June into July and Azekah from mid-July to August. Both are very famous excavations, with over one hundred participants attending them each excavation season. I was fortunate enough to participate for a short time at the Megiddo expedition in addition to my month at Tel Azekah. Below you will find my overview of daily life and experiences at both sites.   Tel...

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A Tour of Masada: Where History, Legend, and Archaeology Meet

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016

A Tour of Masada: Where History, Legend, and Archaeology Meet

One of the most impressive tours we’ve had this year was without doubt our field trip to Masada, the famous desert stronghold, next to the Dead Sea. We were guided by esteemed Professor Guy Stiebel, who is also the director of excavations there. He gave us a fascinating and in-depth tour of the site, sharing both historical and excavation related stories. Before ascending the mountain, Prof. Stiebel educated us on the previous excavations at Masada, as well as on the formation and construction of the facilities meant to promote the site. Masada is Israel’s first World Heritage Site...

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Archaeology and Conservation: a Tour of Old Acre

Posted by on May 3, 2016

Archaeology and Conservation: a Tour of Old Acre

One of the latest archaeological tour conducted by the International MA program was a trip to the old city of Acre (also known as Akko). The Old City of Akko is a UNESCO world heritage site, and is a major hub for tourists. The city, which has elements dating back to the Early Bronze Age, is built upon Crusader ruins from almost 1,000 years ago. The Crusaders, on their way to wrest control of Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the Muslims, built and fortified the port city of Akko and made it one of their most important cities. After the fall of Jerusalem Akko became the capital of their...

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Excavating in the Desert: The Central Timna Valley Project

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016

Excavating in the Desert: The Central Timna Valley Project

Recently I was privileged to participate in an excavation at the site of Timna, the ancient copper mines of the Aravah. Located approximately 20 kilometers north of Eilat, Timna, known in the public sphere as the site of King Solomon’s Pillars, is an extensive area where copper mining and smelting has been conducted for the last 3000+ years. The most recent excavations, led by Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University, began in 2012, and run every year during the winter. The reason it happens during the winter is because it is located deep in the desert, where work conditions in the intense...

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The End of Days: An Archaeological Tour of Tel Megiddo

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016

The End of Days: An Archaeological Tour of Tel Megiddo

Recently we had a field trip to Megiddo, the site of the last battle between the forces of heaven and the forces of evil. While going on a tour of literal Armageddon is pretty cool in and of itself, this tour was special because we went with Prof. Israel Finkelstein, the man in charge of the excavations there. This gave us an insider’s, detailed look at the site, the finds, and stories of the excavations, following the seminar we had recently taken about Megiddo, with Prof. Finkelstein.   A taste of the tour:   Walking the geographical path Part of the importance of Tel...

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