AR101 Archaeology in Action: Biblical Archaeology in the Field

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Explore archaeological digs in Israel by joining distinguished scholars in the field, who will teach you the processes and practices of biblical field archaeology. Learn the tools and techniques used by archaeologists and volunteers to find relics buried for millennia. Discover the passion of those who have invested their lives into uncovering and studying material culture. Watch as they unearth objects for the first time after thousands of years. In this course, filmed on site in Israel, you’ll experience the process of a dig and hear directly from archaeologists. Their findings shed light on what life was like in the first century world of Jesus and the apostles.

Introduction to Archaeology

What Is Archaeology?

What Is Archaeology?

4m
How Archaeology Is Informed by Biblical and Ancient Literature

How Archaeology Is Informed by Biblical and Ancient Literature

2m
Studying Texts vs. Studying Material Culture

Studying Texts vs. Studying Material Culture

7m

The Archaeological Dig Process

Research and Preparation

Research and Preparation

6m
Field Work and Processing Archaeological Finds

Field Work and Processing Archaeological Finds

4m
Publication

Publication

3m

Roles and Jobs at a Dig Site

Volunteering at a Dig Site

Volunteering at a Dig Site

4m
Daily Life at a Dig Site

Daily Life at a Dig Site

2m
Responsibilities of the Dig Directors and Supervisors

Responsibilities of the Dig Directors and Supervisors

2m
Becoming an Archaeologist

Becoming an Archaeologist

5m

Anatomy of a Dig Site

Squares

Squares

2m
Balks and Stratigraphy

Balks and Stratigraphy

2m
Importance of a Sealed Locus for Stratigraphy

Importance of a Sealed Locus for Stratigraphy

5m
Importance of Determining Location within a Tel

Importance of Determining Location within a Tel

1m

Archaeological Dig Techniques

Use of Archaeological Hand Tools within a Square

Use of Archaeological Hand Tools within a Square

2m
Sifting of Selected Sealed Contexts

Sifting of Selected Sealed Contexts

1m
Metal Detection Methods

Metal Detection Methods

4m
Advanced Geophysical Survey Methods

Advanced Geophysical Survey Methods

2m
Record Keeping

Record Keeping

2m

Pottery Techniques

Excavating Pottery

Excavating Pottery

3m
Oil Lamp Analysis

Oil Lamp Analysis

4m
Neutron Activation Analysis

Neutron Activation Analysis

1m
Reconstruction of Pottery Vessels

Reconstruction of Pottery Vessels

2m

Profile of Dig Sites and Material Culture Discoveries

Huqoq’s Galilean Type Synagogue

Huqoq’s Galilean Type Synagogue

3m
The Rediscovery of Bethsaida

The Rediscovery of Bethsaida

8m
Material Culture at Bethsaida

Material Culture at Bethsaida

5m
Khirbet el-Maqatir: Background

Khirbet el-Maqatir: Background

5m
Material Culture at Khirbet el-Maqatir

Material Culture at Khirbet el-Maqatir

5m
Scarab and Ancient Diagram at Khirbet el-Maqatir

Scarab and Ancient Diagram at Khirbet el-Maqatir

3m
Tel Burna: Background

Tel Burna: Background

4m
The Historical Importance of Shikhin

The Historical Importance of Shikhin

7m
Shikhin’s Pottery Manufacture

Shikhin’s Pottery Manufacture

7m
Life in First-Century Galilee

Life in First-Century Galilee

8m
The Historical Importance of Sepphoris

The Historical Importance of Sepphoris

5m

Curation and Presentation

Preservation and Curation of Artifacts

Preservation and Curation of Artifacts

3m