This 2-week series of conversations comes from an update interview with professor Harry Jol, of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Professor Jol is a Geography professor. His expertise is with ground penetrating radar and because of that, his work is of great interest to archaeologists. Most importantly, he helps them see below the surface of the excavation, so they can make an informed guess about where to dig next and work more efficiently.
The New York Times has a great article on the volunteers who help make archaeology happen. Several excavations in Jordan are mentioned, but I didn’t see any in Israel. That despite the fact that our recent programs have indicated archaeology is starting to rebound in Israel. Harry Jol says as much in this interview. But wherever it’s done, in the U.S. or the middle east, archaeology relies quite a bit on volunteers. It’s one of the few scientific disciplines, perhaps the only one, where a rank amateur can make a major discovery.