Starting September 19th, Dennis and I are attending a four-part class on "The Archaeology of Palestine," taught by a retired University of Iowa professor. Session One was an overview, starting with the very basics, like "what is archaeology." Some of the class time involves the professor reminiscing about several digs he was on in the 1960's, and some highlights of his teaching career. One story that I thoroughly enjoyed involved a student who had not done the required homework reading and thus thought Rosetta Stone was a female British archaeologist.
We've learned about Tel Gezer, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, and next week, our last class, we'll learn about Masada.