Heritage Fellow Mapping Moabite Site

Tristan updating the top plans

By: Tristan Matheson, 2012 Heritage Fellow

Thanks to the ASOR Heritage fellowship in 2012, I received the opportunity to be involved in a dig at Khirbat al-Mudayna, which is an Iron Age Moabite site half an hour South West of Madaba, Jordan. The dig lasted an intense six weeks and was nothing short of amazing. Not only did our team find many high end artefacts which were truly fascinating, but we discovered many interesting architectural elements, which give us a better understanding of the site and its environment. Along with several burials discovered this season, the team also uncovered its first mud brick wall, where construction has been exclusively field stone boulder and chink. My participation consisted of amalgamating all the top plans from the last 15 years and creating an official Master Top Plan, which will be used in future publications. Since there is not much information about the Moabites, this site is very important for understand their architectural development and culture.

Although this is not my first time digging at this site, every season is exciting with all the hard work and dedication we do because of the passion we have about understanding the ancient past. Archaeology is truly a field you have to love to be able to wake up every morning at 4 am and start digging. The study of Archaeology will forever be in my heart and I hope that I will be able to continue to serve the Khirbat al-Mudayna project in many ways in the future.

Since most of my studies have been focused on Art and Classics, I hope to contribute to the project by making a 3D model of the site, and how it would have looked during the Iron Age. Not only has the ASOR Heritage Fellowship allowed me to go on the dig, but has encouraged me to contribute to the project further and to also assist with digitally updating the project. Thanks goes to ASOR and my donors for propelling me further into the world of Archaeology.


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