Heritage Grant Recipient Jocelyn Cavanaugh Describes her summer on an archaeological field project in Madaba, Jordan

This 2011 summer I had the incredible opportunity to participate on an archaeological field project in Madaba, Jordan with the help of ASOR Heritage Fellowship. During the 6 weeks of this archaeological dig, I explored the history, culture and way of life of past peoples through excavated historical architecture and artifacts dating from the Bronze Age to the Islamic period. I worked with the amazing Debra Foran and a hardworking team where together we uncovered endless amounts of bone, pottery and architectural structures.
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Heritage Grant Recipient Alexandrea Barogianis Describes her Summer with the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project

ASOR and the Heritage donors made it possible for students such as myself to be granted the opportunity to travel with the University of Toronto this past summer. I was able to excavate with the Tell Madaba Archaeological Project led by Debra Foran. I not only had the opportunity to excavate a extensively researched site but I also learned various archaeological aspects which included: surveying methods, recording procedures, the techniques used for the processing of artifacts, the function and structure of an archaeological field project and how to identify and relate historical and cultural periods in Jordan to the city of Madaba. The location of the tell is unique in that the site that we excavated is positioned in the modern city of Madaba. Digging in an urban environment made it difficult yet enjoyably challenging when trying to understand the relationship between the landscapes.
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