TROY - For the seventh year, a group from Troy University will spend part of the summer in Israel working with a team of scholars and students excavating the ancient seaport city of Ashkelon.
Six TROY students, under the direction of anthropology professor Dr. Bill Grantham, will spend June 6 through July 18 working and learning alongside top scholars in the fields of Near Eastern and biblical archaeology. The expedition is part of TROY's partnership, in its sixth year, with Harvard University, Wheaton College, Boston College and the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon.
Located on a 150-acre site alongside the Mediterranean in southern Israel, the Ashkelon area is home to at least 20 ancient cities dating from at 3500 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Canaanite, Philistine, Babylonian, Persian, Phoenician and Israeli civilizations are reflected in the strata of the excavation.
Students participating in the expedition will gain hands-on experience in various archaeological techniques and will participate in training workshops. The team will also take field trips to other archeological sites including Jerusalem, King Herod's fortress at Masada and the Dead Sea.
Students making the trip include:
Each candidate has extensive field experience or training and exhibits a strong work ethic and willingness to learn, said Dr. Grantham, who also serves as associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
"TROY students are unique among their peers in that they bring with them a specialized skill that is rare among undergraduates," Dr. Grantham said. "Participation in the excavations at Ashkelon provides TROY students with opportunities to refine their specializations and apply the skills they have learned in the anthropology program at TROY."
For the seventh year, a group from Troy University will spend part of the summer in Israel working with a team of scholars and students excavating the ancient seaport city of Ashkelon. With Dr. Bill Grantham, left, and Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., center, are students (from left to right) Taylor France, Rebekah Ramirez, Kathryn Curry, Clayton Johnson, Chris Whatley and Elizabeth Nelson. (TROY photo)