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Blog Chronicles Moravian Students’ Archaeological Dig in Israel

Israeli President Shimon Peres visits Moravian professors and students at Ramat Rachel

Bethlehem, Pa., August 10, 2009— Israeli President Shimon Peres visited the group of faculty and students from Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary who are working at Ramat Rachel, a excavation site between ancient Jerusalem and Bethlehem in Israel. His August 7th visit is captured in photos on http://houndsintheground.wordpress.com/, the blog chronicling the adventures of 13 College and Seminary students who are on the archaeological dig that is being led by Deborah Appler, associate professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Jason Radine, assistant professor of religion, Moravian College. The Blog contains a number of photos and anecdotes depicting their work on site and their visits to other areas in Israel.  The group trip began on July 18 and will continue  until August 15.

The group has joined with Professor Oded Lipschits from the Institute of Archaeology, Tel Aviv University and student groups from Tel Aviv University, Heidelberg University, and other institutions to work on the site.  The Ramat Rachel Archaeological Project is a joint project of Tel Aviv University (Israel) and Heidelberg University (Germany), which works with scholars from Israel, Germany, and the United States. The site is located within the international 1947–48 border of Israel, in the western part of Kibbutz Ramat Rahel, on a hilltop (818 m above sea level), about midway between the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This site was inhabited since the last century of the kingdom of Judah (7th century BCE) until the early Muslim reign in Palestine (10th century CE). For a detailed description, visit: http://www.ramatrachel.co.il/ARCHEOLOGY/summary.htm.

Two other travel blogs are chronicling the activities of Moravian College student groups this summer. The women's field hockey coach Amy Endler is maintaining  a blog (http://moravianbermuda.blogspot.com/) about her travel with the team to Bermuda to pay against the Bermudian national team, and visit Horseshoe Bay, the historic Dockyards, and St. George.

Men's soccer coach Todd Ervin will travel with the team to Italy where they will be playing 3 games against Italian Serie D teams. The team will watch two professional games: Lugano verses Servette FC Geneva (Swiss League), a preseason game between Fiorentina (Italian League) and an opponent to be announced. They will also be taking a tour of the San Siro Stadium, home to AC Milan and Inter Milan. To follow their trip visit, http://moravianitaly.blogspot.com/

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu/.