Digs

Drawing Top Plans

A vital component to the major is the opportunity for students to participate in archaeological fieldwork at an archaeological excavation in the Near East, conducted under the supervision of leading Near Eastern archaeologists. Participation in a dig provides a unique opportunity for on-site field experience in archaeological methods and analysis. Students in our Program in Archaeology and Culture of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean have participated in a number of fabulous archaeological excavations over the last decade, in a tradition reaching back over more than 40 years. Check out the new photos in the Archaeology showcase!

Dig Opportunities Summary

Dig Opportunities are ongoing. Many of our first-time volunteers have been offered assistant square-supervisor status, expenses paid, should they choose to return for the next dig season. Hard work and dedication are definitely rewarded!

Group

Summer 2013: Gezer and Idalion Excavations

Summer 2012: Idalion Excavation

  • The Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus summer 2012 season ran June 25 to August 10, 2012, with 23 current Lyco students and recent graduates (12 returning as staff) working under Dr. Gaber.
  • Local May Term dig opportunity at the Ault site in Williamsport under Robin VanAuken involved 14 students.
  • Lyco students participated in 12 other projects in Egypt, Israel, Belize, Romania, Transylvania, England, Sweden, China, Maine, Colorado, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
  • One student spent the summer in a special intensive program learning Arabic!

Summer 2011: Gezer and Idalion Excavations

  • The Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus summer 2011 season ran June 20 - Aug 5, 2011. Professor Pamela Gaber had 13 current Lyco students and recent graduates digging - 8 new and 5 returning as staff members on the project.
  • The Gezer Excavation Project in Israel ran June 13 to July 15, 2011. Professor Robin Knauth and 11 current Lyco students and recent graduates were digging - 5 new and 6 returning as staff members on the project.
  • Lyco students participated in 9 additional projects in Belize, Rome, Israel, Turkey, Honolulu, Texas, Arizona, California, and New York. 

Summer 2010: Idalion Excavation

  • The Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus summer 2010 season ran June 21 to August 6, 2010, with 15 current Lyco students and recent graduates (6 returning as staff).
  • Local May Term dig opportunity at the Snyder Site in Williamsport under Robin VanAuken involved 7 Lyco students. 
  • 12 other Lyco students and recent grads dug at 8 other projects in Israel, Macedonia, Ireland, and the U.S.

Summer 2009: Gezer and Idalion Excavations

  • The Lycoming College Expedition to Idalion, Cyprus summer 2010 season ran from June 21 to August 6. Professor Pamela Gaber had eight current Lyco students and recent graduates digging, four of whom were returning as staff members on the project.
  • The Gezer Excavation and Publication Project in Israel ran from June 15 to July 17, 2009. Professor Robin Knauth and nine current Lyco students and recent graduates were digging, four returning as staff members on the project.
  • The Muncy Canal Project continued under Robin VanAuken for the next stage of excavation.
  • We also had five students digging in Greece, two in Egypt, and two in Ireland.

Summer 2008: Gezer and Idalion Excavations

For the Summer of 2008, Lycoming College had two major projects going:

  • The Idalion Excavation in Cyprus was back in the field with nine new Lyco student volunteers joining five recent Lyco grads on staff plus faculty Pamela Gaber (Director), Steven Johnson and Kathy Ryan for a seven-week season running June 23 - August 8, 2008.
  • Lycoming continued as a consortium school for the Gezer Excavation Project in Israel, running June 23 - July 25, 2008. Lycoming had seven new student volunteers joining faculty Robin Knauth and four recent Lyco grads or current students returning as assistant staff on the project.
  • The Muncy Canal Project continued under Robin VanAuken (+ *Kathleen Eierman) for the next stage of excavation but scheduled as a fall course. Digging continued there over the summer on a volunteer basis with the Muncy Historical Society.
  • We also had students digging at Hazor in Israel, as well as in Egypt, Greece, Great Britain, Catalina Island, and Illinois.
  • We also had students involved in language study over the summer in Arabic (in Egypt), Latin (in Italy) and German (in Germany).

Summer 2007: Gezer Excavation, Muncy, Idalion Study Session

For the Summer of 2007, Lycoming College again had three projects going:

  • First, Lycoming hosted another study session for publication of the Excavation at Idalion, Cyprus, bringing together the Idalion excavation team in Williamsport to work on publication.
  • Second, Lycoming continued as a consortium school for the Gezer Excavation Project in Israel, running June 14 - July 21, 2007. Lycoming had thirteen students joining Dr. Robin Knauth on this project.
  • Third, the Muncy Canal Project continued under Robin VanAuken for the next stage of excavation.
  • We also had students digging in Greece, Spain, and Hawaii.
Gezer Lyco Crew

Summer 2006: Gezer Excavation, Idalion Study Session, Muncy and Egypt.

For the Summer of 2006, Lycoming College had three projects going:

  • First, Lycoming hosted a study session for publication of the Excavation at Idalion, Cyprus, bringing together the Idalion excavation team in Williamsport to work on publication.
  • Second, Lycoming became an official sponsoring consortium school for the Gezer Excavation Project in Israel, running from June 4 to July 7, 2006. Lycoming had a good contingent of five students joining Dr. Robin Knauth on this project.
  • Third, the Muncy Canal Project continued under Robin Van Auken for the next stage of excavation.
  • We also had two students over in Egypt participating in the Penn State dig at Karnak along with visiting faculty Margaret Cohen.

Summer 2005: Eleven in Cyprus and Four in Muncy

For the Summer of 2005 we again had two digs -
We had ELEVEN over in Cyprus digging at Idalion under the direction of Pamela Gaber (including two Lyco students returning as supervisors and another as Registrar for the dig), and another FOUR dug locally in May Term at the Muncy Canal Project under Robin Van Auken, who taught "Methods in American Archaeology" (HIST 259) as a May Term course in cooperation with the Muncy Historical Society. In addition, two other students participated in field schools in New York and Maryland.

Summer 2004: Nine in Cyprus, One in Egypt, and Six at Snyder

For the Summer of 2004 we again had two digs -
We had NINE over in Cyprus digging at Idalion under the direction of Pamela Gaber (including two Lyco students returning as supervisors), and another SIX dug locally in May at the Thomas Lightfoote Inn and at the Snyder Site in Williamsport along with the North-Central Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and the Lycoming County Historical Museum, under the direction of Jim Bressler, with Robin Van Auken teaching "Methods in American Archaeology" (HIST 259) as a May Term course. In addition, one of our students joined the Penn State dig in Egypt this summer under the direction of Dr. Donald Redford.

Summer 2003: Seven in Cyprus and Twelve on Canfield

For the Summer of 2003 we had not one but TWO digs scheduled -
We had SEVEN over in Cyprus digging at Idalion under the direction of Pamela Gaber, and another TWELVE dug locally in May Term at Canfield Island in Williamsport (Riverfront Park) along with the North-Central Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and the Lycoming County Historical Museum, under the direction of Jim Bressler, with Robin Van Auken teaching "Introduction to North American Archaeology" (HIST 258) for the first time as a May Term course.

Lyco students in Idalion

Lyco students in Idalion

Summer 2001 and 2002:

Our dig for Summers 2001 and 2002, organized and led by Dr. Steve Johnson under the expert direction of Dig Director Dr. Pamela Gaber, visiting faculty at Lycoming (formerly with the University of Arizona), was at Idalion in Cyprus! In 2001 we had 5 students with professor Steve Johnson digging up a Hellenistic era temenos and residential/industrial complex with the University of Arizona at Idalion in Cyprus, and a 6th student digging with Davidson College at the Athienou Archaeological Project in Cyprus - on full scholarship from the National Science Foundation! The dig was so impressed with our hard-working field school students that several were invited back as supervisors, expenses paid! We were so impressed with the dig that we decided to make it our own in the spring of 2002! Now it's officially a Lycoming Dig!  Look for the great pix from the 2001 dig, and more from 2002!

Summer 2000:

Our Summer 2000 dig was at Megiddo in Israel - the biblical "Armageddon"! The Megiddo dig was jointly run by Tel Aviv University Archaeology Department (Israel Finkelstein, David Ussishkin) in Israel and Pennsylvania State University Jewish Studies (Baruch Halpern).

For information on other digs, link to the web site of the Biblical Archaeology Society