Summer discoveries at Khirbet Summeily

T RaymondBy: Tiffany Raymond, 2012 Heritage Fellow

This summer I was able to take part in the excavations at Khirbet Summeily due to the fact that ASOR awarded me a Heritage Fellowship, and I am very grateful to them for this. Khirbet Summeily is an Iron Age village site on the edge of the Negev Desert, and is believed to be a border site between ancient Philistia and Judah. The site is being excavated in association with the Tel-Hesi Joint Archaeological Project, and is directed by James. W. Hardin and Jeffery A. Blake. Typical artifacts at the site are loom weights, spindle whorls, mudbricks, beads, and pottery galore! Some of the rarer artifacts that we found were scarabs with Egyptian hieroglyphics, and figurines. Continue reading

ASOR Funds Summer Adventure in Israel!

I would like to thank ASOR for awarding me a Heritage Fellowship this summer which made it possible for me to excavate at Khirbet Summeily, an Iron Age village site in the Northern Negev Desert. The excavation this summer was done as a part of the Tell el-Hesi Regional Project directed by Dr. James W. Hardin and Dr. Jeffery A. Blakely and affiliated with ASOR.

The summer of 2011 was the first season of excavation at Khirbet Summeily, which is believed to have been an Iron Age village site in the Tell el-Hesi region on the border of ancient Philistia and Judah. The goal of the summer’s excavation was to open a small area of three excavation units to identify the occupational sequence of the small site and to test new field techniques and data collection methods. One new method of collecting data that was used in the field this season was replacing balk drawings and hand drawn top plans with Photogrammetry. We also utilized aerial kite photography throughout the season and with the use of this technology we were able to plot our findings three-dimensionally.

My summer in Israel was an unforgettable adventure in which I was able to travel around the country and see all of the sites that I was only able to read about before. As an undergraduate student, studying Near Eastern Archaeology, the Heritage Fellowship made it possible for me to travel to Israel and gain experience excavating there. The knowledge that I received will help me to pursue graduate school and a career as an archaeologist. Once again I would like to thank ASOR and its donors for awarding me a Heritage Fellowship.

~Christofer Howell, recipient of an ASOR Heritage Excavation Grant