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Second Week at the Megiddo Excavation – Summer of 2014

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

Second Week at the Megiddo Excavation – Summer of 2014

In the last post my classmate, Laura, shared experiences from the first week at the Megiddo excavation. The first week involved a lot of cleaning and setting up so in terms of archaeology it wasn’t too groundbreaking. However, during the second week, more interesting finds started to reveal themselves in every area of the Tel.    Working in area H  First things first, I suppose that a small introduction to my area is in order. I work in the area H of Tel Megiddo. Legend has it that both professor Oded Lipschits and professor Chris Rollston excavated this area in the past. In fact,...

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First Week at Megiddo – Summer of 2014

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014

First Week at Megiddo – Summer of 2014

My name is Laura Lilla Farkas, and I am student from Hungary currently living in Israel.  As a part of the International M.A. program in Archaeology at Tel Aviv University I have decided to join the excavation in Megiddo. The first week here at the excavation was both exciting and exhausting, and it has been nice to meet people from all over the world who decided to participate in the excavation. So far this excavation has given me the opportunity to learn from many experts from various sub-fields of archaeology. We even got a private personalized tour of the Tel from the world renowned...

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What to Expect on the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition?

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014

What to Expect on the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition?

Digging season is only a few months away! As excitment and preparations for the third excavation season at Azekah are well felt all around here at TAU, I thought I’d share with you, dear excavators and digging enthusiasts, what to expect from the Lautenschläger Azekah Expedition, based on my experience from last year’s dig. So get your trowel ready… And let’s go! Good morning! 4:00 A.M. wake-up calls are standard on any archaeological excavation where the late afternoon temperatures would find you in a puddle on the floor of the square you are digging. Better to...

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Behind the Scenes: an Inteview with Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of the International MA in Archaeology Program

Posted by on Dec 25, 2013

Behind the Scenes: an Inteview with Dr. Alexander Fantalkin of the International MA in Archaeology Program

 I recently sat with Dr. Alexander Fantalkin, a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, and our Pottery Typologies professor, to discuss his work in the Archaeology Department, and to get some expert advice to archaeology students. Alex, who did his BA, MA, and PhD at TAU along with additional training and research at King’s College in London, the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, and his post-doctorate in Berlin, specializes in the nature of connections between the ancient Levantine, Aegean, and Egyptian cultural spheres during the Iron Age. Alex’s projects often pursue...

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Jerusalem from the Past – A Day Out to the Exciting Excavations of the City of David and Ramat Rachel

Posted by on Aug 25, 2013

Jerusalem from the Past – A Day Out to the Exciting Excavations of the City of David and Ramat Rachel

In the archaeological world there are debates as grand and as historical as the sites they dispute. It is of little surprise that Jerusalem has caused a few differences of opinion in the last few centuries, as it is the center of many historical reconstructions based upon biblical literature. Here, one can find a large number of excavations all looking for evidence concerning the shape, the size, and the people of ancient Jerusalem in the past 4,000 years. We adventured out to see what’s coming out of the ground at new excavations, hear the debates about the old, and find out what we can...

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Behind the Scenes: an Inteview with an International MA in Archaeology Student

Posted by on May 27, 2013

Behind the Scenes: an Inteview with an International MA in Archaeology Student

One of the greatest parts of the college experience is the people you meet and the friends you make, and that is even truer when you are studying abroad. The International Master’s Program is great in that it allows us to meet and work with students from around the world. This month I thought it would be interesting to let you meet someone else from the program. Meet Sabine, a first year MA student from Germany.   What other schooling have you done before this Master’s Program, Sabine? I went to Heidelberg University and did my diplom in theology. A diplom is a combined...

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