Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A shout-out from the Abel Beth Maacah staff and team to our illustrious co-director Nava Panitz-Cohen, who just published a short piece in the ASOR Blog about her experiences as a dig director in honor of ASOR Women of Archaeology month. Many women out there will not only identify with what Nava shared in this article, but will appreciate her candor and authenticity. Soon after its appearance on the ASOR Blog, Cynthia Shafer-Elliot wrote the following: "Nava was my supervisor at Tel Rehov. She has been one of the most influential women in my professional life and a great role-model to me. Thank you to Nava for being part of the solution!" All of us who know and love Nava concur. As for her archaeological "other half," I (Bob Mullins) could not ask for a better partner in this venture. In fact, Nava was the first person I thought of when Azusa Pacific University first proposed the idea of excavating Abel Beth Maacah. Nava is not only a first-rate archaeologist; in my opinion, she is one of the best in the field today. We would not have accomplished all that we did last season without Nava's hard work, excellent leadership, and guidance. And I include Ruhama Bonfil in these accolades as well. I have known both women for many years, and I am proud to be their friend and colleague. In fact, thanks to all of the women who are a part of the Abel Beth Maacah team. You have all made this dig the special project that it is! You can read Nava's piece at
Some of you may have seen the recent flurry of press activity about the silver hoard in Area F. It all started when Owen Jarus of Live Science got a hold of the article that Nava, Ruhama and I wrote on the results of our first season in the British journal, Strata. (You can access the article from our website and Facebook page). Owen asked if we would provide him with some photos and additional information for an article he wanted to write on the jewelry in particular. Of course, we agreed, not expecting the story to be picked up by other news services. We are thrilled that the news of Abel is spreading. I've gotten numerous notifications from of people who have accessed our article. We are grateful to Owen for starting the ball rolling on this. Of all the articles, my personal favorite is the one by Noah Wiener of the Biblical Archaeology Society.

More than anything, all of this press is a tribute to our team members who made it possible through their dedication and hard work. Without you this would have never happened! Now join us again this summer and help us find even more! :-) Remember that our arrival and departure dates are different this summer to help team members avoid the hassle of traveling on Shabbat. Instead of Sundays, the arrival day will be on Tuesdays with the actual digging taking Wednesday through Friday (Saturday and Sunday free), followed by digging again on Monday and Tuesday. The departure day will be on Tuesday after lunch.

If you are eager to read through the various articles that appeared about the silver hoard, here are the links. They should help put you to sleep on those restless nights :-)

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International Business Times (UK Edition):

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