BAS archaeology scholarships help volunteers experience Israeli and Middle Eastern culture
Every year, winners of our archaeology scholarships tell us about their overseas adventures in Israel, Jordan and elsewhere, recounting how their travels exposed them to Israeli and Middle Eastern culture and the region’s languages, foods and customs, not to mention the incredible sites and monuments of Biblical lands.
While a volunteer’s workweek revolves around a strict dig schedule, there is usually plenty of time on weekends to see the sights (and sites) and explore the country. For those who travel to Israel to dig, many projects offer organized field trips to various sites and regions around the country, including Masada, the Dead Sea and Galilee. In Jordan, winners of BAS’s archaeology scholarships have traveled to Petra, Amman and Wadi Rum.
For many who travel to Israel, however, nothing quite matches the experience of seeing Jerusalem for the first time. “Jerusalem is an overwhelming and powerful city,” wrote Erin Pruckno, a winner of one of our BAS archaeology scholarships in 2007. “I loved the bustle and barrage of people in the Old City, and the terrifyingly fun walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel that found us knee-deep in freezing-cold, pitch-black water.”
Digs are almost always international affairs, composed of archaeologists and experts from around the globe. In addition, dig volunteers, including the winners of our archaeology scholarships, come from an array of backgrounds and typically include college and graduate students, retirees, school teachers, vacationing archaeology or Bible enthusiasts, and everyone in between. As such, digs are an excellent way to learn about and experience the world’s diversity.
Working on a dig is much more than just archaeology and learning about the Biblical past. It’s also a chance to experience Israeli and Middle Eastern culture and broaden your horizons.
Based on Joey Corbett, “Join a Dig, See the World,” Biblical Archaeology Review, January/February 2012.
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