Bringing Ashkelon to Chicago!

Last week 6 classes in the Chicago Public School system began an awesome adventure with us here at the excavation in Ashkelon. For the next 5 weeks they will be Skyping (online video chatting) with archaeologist Tracy!  The students will be learning about archaeological methodologies and processes, the ins and outs of the dig, the history of Ashkelon, and basically having a great time.  The first week of conversations was VERY exciting for all of the students and Tracy.  Here is video of a group of middle school students at the beginning of the conversation, later on this group, along with many of the other classes, were challenged with researching 5 historical figures who have connections to Ashkelon.  When they chat with Tracy this week, they will share their findings and she will share this nifty comic book she made for them.

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