Hard to believe but thoughts are already turning to the summer season and planning is under way. As announced the 2013 field season will run from June 8 - July 19. Applications are available now. If the cold winter weather is leaving you with a longing for summer, this is the perfect time to pick up one of those applications and to start dreaming about a fantastic summer on the Mediterranean coast of Israel. The Leon Levy Expedition runs a comprehensive field school during which volunteers, young and old alike, participate in daily excavation, actifact processing and analysis, a weekly lecture series, fieldtrips and publication projects. There is no better way or location to learn about archaeology. To learn more, please see the Summer Program Page on this website.
The reviews are in! Both IEJ, the Israel Exploration Journal, and BASOR, the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research, have published reviews of Ashkelon 3: The Seventh Century B.C. in their recent volumes.
Congratulations to authors, L. E. Stager, D. M. Master and J. D. Schloen, and a host of contributors for a volume that is being hailed as a major contribution to the field.
What are we working on right now? This summer might see the opening of a new excavation area within the ancient city walls. In Febrauary, GPR (ground penetrating radar) will be used to help identify the most promising area for excavation. Stay tuned for more information.
And check back often. I'll be updating the blog more often as we get closer to the start of the season.