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Matthew Glassman, winner of one of 19 dig scholarships from the Biblical Archaeological Society in 2015, recently described his experience in the field. Matthew joined the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) for their excavation at Khirbet el-Maqatir, the probable site of the biblical city of Ai mentioned in Joshua 7-8. While serving as an Assistant Square Supervisor, Matthew's focus was to uncover the remains of a Late Bronze Age city wall, and to identify the outer face of it. Some of the discoveries from the dig this season include Hellenistic and Roman era coins, Late Bronze potsherds, an intricate complex of cisterns, a third Egyptian scarab (similar to the ones found in 2013 and 2014), and two small stone weights with inscriptions. Matthew's description of his experience gives an accurate glimpse of what archaeological field work is really like.

Off-site Link: Biblical Archaeological Society - http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/archaeology-today/biblical-archaeology-topics/2015-scholarship-recipients-dig-into-the-biblical-world/

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ABRT 28 | 8/1/2019