The crew made a day of Mount Arbel, Tel Yaqush, and Belvoir.
The team was also treated to a day of site tours at Tel Tsaf a chalcolithic site, and Ein Gev a Natufian site.
Lets take a minute to get to know our fantastic team participating in the GPP2015 survey season at Wadi el Ashert!
The directors: Dr. Yorke Rowan, Dr. Morag Kersel and Dr. Austin (Chad) Hill
Also, Chad and Yorke do a lot together.
Jordan Brown is a graduate from Whitman College Class of 2014, and has also participated on an archaeological project in Jordan. Jordan also speaks Yiddish.
Shannon Cooper is a graduate of The University of Chicago Class of 2015, and is one of the UC interns for the summer. Shannon can read and write in Hieroglyphs.
Georgia Dixon is a rising Junior at the University of Chicago and also one of the UC interns. Georgia has a straight line of freckles on her right arm.
Rosemary Hanson is a graduate of Whitman College Class of 2014. She has also participated on an archaeological project in Jordan. Rosemary just spent a year in China teaching English.
Blair Heidkamp is a return member of the Galilee Prehistory Project. She graduated from the College of Wooster this May, and has also participated in archaeological projects in Jordan. Blair hates spiders.
Riley Patterson is a graduate of Whitman College Class of 2014, and GPP is her first field season! Riley can ride a bike no-handed.
Lexi Tatar is a rising senior at University of North Carolina Greensboro and GPP is also her first field season! Lexi is dog mom to a Buffy the St. Bernard.
GUEST BLOG: EH leaves us for Tel Tsaf and below are her notes on GPP2015.
This summer, my Israel dig itinerary was empty during the first two weeks of the GPP survey this year. I weighed up my options:
The choice was obvious…but I opted to join the GPP survey anyway! It was my first time doing field survey and test pitting, so I looked forward to learning new and exciting skills! With a great team and fabulous leadership we embarked on a truly memorable adventure. In a stroke of inspired unoriginality, I have decided to share with you some of the lessons I learned during my two week stint.
Thanks to everyone for a great couple of weeks! Hope to see you next year?!
It’s our one day weekend and time to go see more archaeology! Our first stop is Tel Te’o (also conveniently located not 500m from an Aroma), which is a Chalcolithic site located in the Hula Valley.
Next stop was Rujm al-Hiri in the Golan, another Chalcolithic site with a ridge of ‘row houses’ located near a megalithic structure. ACH was able to get some amazing aerial photos and video with our drone.
EH gave a lecture on her dissertation research from Tel Tsaf, another Chalcolithic excavation in the Jordan Valley. She explained the methodology of micromorphology and her findings in relation to the Tel Tsaf excavations.
We started test pits today!
Everyone has arrived! Our group of 11 all have arrived in country to begin the 2015 Galilee Prehistory Project field season. We will be conducting survey at Wadi al Ashert/Bet Netofa in search of a potential new Chalcolithic excavation in the Galilee region.
Participants go on a field trip to the site of Marj Rabba (excavated by GPP in 2009-14), and view examples of Chalcolithic artifacts.
In the afternoon the volunteers listen to a lecture by YR about the Chalcolithic period in Israel and Jordan at our home for the next four weeks in Kibbutz Mizra.
After the initial day learning how to survey and identify artifacts our four survey teams set out along the transects at sunrise, beautifully documented by ACH with our new drone.
Our four groups covered a combined 4,800 meters of transects today, job well done!
We also had some time left to befriend some of our fellow kibbutz members.
We are a small but mighty crew this year at Marj Rabba. Joining long timers – Yo, Mo, ACH, and AD are rising seniors archaebotany student JF (UCONN) and 2 former W.F. Albright Institute Interns (the College of Wooster and Columbia U), and recent CUNY grad JR. Here are some action shots of the crew.
THREE CHEERS FOR THE 2014 MARJ RABBA TEAM!!
This time to the Crusader Castle of Montfort. Located in the Upper Gailiee, Monfort has spectacular vistas of the gorge of Kziv Stream and the deep green densely forested mountain slopes – mostly oak trees. Built in the 12th century, the castle was originally for agricultural rather than military purposes. For further insights and reading see Adrian Boas (2008): The Montfort Castle, a New Survey, Hadashot Arkheologiyot – Excavations and Surveys in Israel, No. 120.