Jezreel Valley Regional Project Archaeology and History of a Regional Landscape

Grants and Awards

  GeoEye Foundation Imagery Grant

In 2011, the JVRP was awarded an imagery grant from the GeoEye Foundation for satellite `imagery coverage of the entire Jezreel Valley, ca. 600+ sq. km. The imagery consists of GeoEye I panchromatic and multi-spectral imagery at 2m and 4m resolution, respectively. The imagery will be used to identify, categorize, and conserve sites in the region. In addition to settlements, our project seeks to identify locations of human activity not traditionally studied by archaeologists - the space between settlements - identifying locations within the landscape that past cultures deemed significant and used in different ways than their settlements (roads, quarries, water sources, forests, etc.). With this approach, we can also define and study the ancient environment and how its exploitation changed over time. Finally, our project is an educational project that seeks to train students in archaeology, survey, remote sensing, and GIS, and to provide educational information cultural resource management tools to the public and local government institutions. The generous grant from the GeoEye Foundation will help bring these endeavors of the JVRP and more to fruition.

Gettysburg  College

The JVRP has received two Faculty Research and Professional Development grants:

Gettysburg College Funding, Summer 2010

The JVRP received a Faculty Research and Professional Development Grant from Gettysburg College to help fund the initial exploratory season at ‘Ain el-Qubbi and Tel Megiddo East during May and June of 2010. The primary goal of this survey and excavation endeavor was to ground-truth the findings of both the surface surveys and the geomagnetic anomaly-mapping project carried out east of Tel Megiddo in the 1990s. Both previous investigations, completed by teams from Tel Aviv University, pointed to a multi-period settlement of significant scope, a rich deposit for archaeological study. In a series of test trenches, our team uncovered and recorded a variety of data in order to clarify the supposed extent of this large site. The JVRP’s new “transectional” sampling strategy, deploying lines of small excavation test trenches at 20-m to 50-m intervals, helped to disprove the erroneous notion of a large settlement and many of the long-held scholarly assumptions about the area. These preliminary observations helped to define and articulate research questions for our larger-scale survey and future excavation in the vicinity. The data uncovered also helped to clarify the spring ‘Ain el-Qubbi’s relationship to the adjacent archaeological sites of Tel Megiddo, Tel Megiddo East, and Legio/Maximillianopolis. Ultimately, this exploratory season led to the firm location of the Early Bronze Age settlement (Tel Megiddo East) in 2011.

Gettysburg College Funding, Winter 2011-2012

The JVRP team undertook a one-week research trip to Tel Megiddo East in January 2012. Once again, Gettysburg College contributed funding in the form of a Faculty Research and Development Grant. The purposes of the research trip in January 2012 were (1) to complete necessary post-processing and evaluation of materials excavated in the previous field seasons in anticipation of publication in 2012, and (2) to conduct a GPR survey of potential excavation areas and on-site planning for the summer 2012 excavations at Tel Megiddo East. Gettysburg College contributed significantly to the costs associated with the GPR data collection and post-processing carried out in conjunction with a technical team from Mnemotrix Systems, Inc. headed by Jessie Pincus. In addition to the GPR survey and the finds processing by the JVRP senior staff (M.J. Adams, M.E. Cohen, J. David), the project’s zooarchaeologist (D. Fulton) conducted animal bone identification and analysis from past excavation seasons.



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