2015 Postseason

Our guest post today comes from Sarani.

 Sarani excavates a posthole

Sarani excavates a posthole

Hello! My name is Sarani Jayawardena, and I am a junior at Harvard College. Many people have asked what brought me (I study Government) to an archaeology expedition in Israel – and many will ask why I enjoyed it so much:

I aspired to understand history from a perspective other than that of books – and I found this new appreciation, deep amongst the pot sherds, bone fragments, and flint blades that surrounded me.

I wanted to learn but not be stuck in a classroom– so my school was a trench near the ocean, and my lessons ranged from archaeological technique, to the history of the Southern Levant, to the art of pushing my mind and body beyond unthinkable limits.

I hoped to have an adventure, see a new part of the world, and meet interesting people – and in the past six weeks, I have had my adventures both in the grid and while travelling this intriguing region, with the fascinating and inspiring friends I have made.

Good bye, Ashkelon, and thank you for the memories!

 Sarani fills a guffah with dirt

Sarani fills a guffah with dirt