The Platt Fellowship Changed My Life

By: Caroline Carter, 2012 Platt Fellow

In the summer of 2011, I attended my first archaeological excavation during the opening season of the Huqoq Excavation Project in Huqoq, Israel under the direction of Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Israel Antiquities Authority. I had not planned on returning in 2012, due to finances, nevertheless I reapplied for the project as well as a few fellowships just to see what would happen.

A month later, I received the email from ASOR notifying me that I was a recipient of the 2012 Platt Fellowship to attend my second season at Huqoq. It is a moment that I will never forget- Continue reading

Platt Fellow Reflects on Mosaic Discovery

Huqoq mosaic with female face and inscription. Photo by Jim Haberman.

By: Caroline Carter, 2012 Platt Fellow

I ended my last blog saying, “It’s not everyday that you get to protect a 500+-year-old site from frantic farm animals.” As the month continued and new discoveries were made at Huqoq, Israel, I also came to find out that it’s not every day that you can say, “WE FOUND A MOSAIC FLOOR IN THE ANCIENT SYNAGOGUE!!!!” Continue reading

Report on Mosaics Discovered at Huqoq in Israel

Female face in Huqoq mosaic. Photo by Jim Haberman

By: Jodi Magness

In June 2011, a multi-year excavation project began in the ancient village of Huqoq in Israel’s Lower Eastern Galilee, directed by Professor Jodi Magness of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-directed by Dr. David Amit and Ms. Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority, and sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brigham Young University, Trinity University (TX), the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Toronto. Continue reading

Heritage Grant Recipient Brian Coussens Describes his Experiences at the Archaeological Site of Huqoq in Israel

Through the financial support of an ASOR Heritage Fellowship, I was able to participate in the inaugural season at the archaeological site of Huqoq in Israel. The excavations centered upon the Roman-Byzantine village and the pre-1948 modern village of Yakuk which partially covers it. The project is multi-faceted, with a number of objectives including uncovering part of the ancient synagogue and portions of its village and systematically exploring the modern village through excavation and historical research.

I spent my season meticulously excavating a square in the modern village. In Square 4/7, we immediately encountered a series of layers consisting of hard, compact lightly-colored clayey soil. Although we initially suspected that we had a series of plaster floors, subsequent discoveries indicated that these layers belonged to the common flat-roofing system of the region. Such roofs typically consisted of beams, crossed with small timbers and plant matter and sealed with successive layers of mud plaster. Within these layers, to our initial surprise, we stumbled upon a couple of surviving timbers, and as we continued to excavate, they soon multiplied. Continue reading