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Concordia Dig Team Returns to Excavation Site in Israel

The 14th season of excavation work at the Hippos of the Decapolis dig site in Israel commences June 23 for a team of 11 students and volunteers led by Concordia University, St. Paul theology professor Dr. Mark Schuler.

The team of excavators includes current Concordia students Shon Haastrup ( '14, Maple Grove, Minn.), Jonathan Miller ('15, Falls Church, Va.), Philip Nomura ( '15, Minneapolis, Minn.) and Andrea Thomes ( '14, Mendota Heights, Minn.). Students from Concordia University-Ann Arbor, Columbia University and Bethany College are also participating in the dig.

The group’s work will focus on an Umayyad era structure with a large gathering hall that is part of the larger Northeast Insula Project of which teams from Concordia have been working at since 2010.

Concordia University is a partner with the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa in the excavation at Hippos, under the current direction of Dr. Michael Eisenberg. Schuler, professor of Theology and Greek at Concordia, has been guiding volunteers and students at the Hippos site since 2002.

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