Well I decided to actually blog about current events for me. Right now I am in Haifa, Israel and have been for a month. I'm here on a Student Research Grant that is allowing me to work in an archaeological lab at the University of Haifa. I'm working on an assemblage of groundstone from the site Tel Ifshar that was excavated back in the 80s and 90s and these stones have basically been sitting in boxes in a store room since then. I first started working on them in the Fall of 2008 when I spend a semester studying abroad here in the University of Haifa as an internship. After I left no one did much work on them and they just kind of put them in boxes and worked on other things. So when they learned about the Research Grant that I could apply for they asked me to come back and work on the stones. So I applied with help from my advisor and Professor and I got it so here I am. I spend most days in the lab making a catalogue of the stones artifacts and describing them and measure them. The goal is to finish going through all of the stones before I return home so that my Professor and I can start working on a groundstone report that will added to the upcoming publication on the site. I'm really excited about this because to have my name in a publication as an undergraduate is really big and will look good on my resume for grand school and is just good practice in general.
So this is where I am...for now. I actually head back to the States on the 27th of June but in a rather roundabout way. I have flight out of Tel Aviv on the 27th to Istanbul where I have a several hour layover and then from there to London where I have an overnight layover and then early morning on the 28th I finally fly home. It will be good to be home since I've been away for 6 months now. I've been gone that long because I just spend this past spring semester studying abroad in the U.K. which was absolutely fantastic but I'll write about that later. Well I'm off to try and be productive for the rest of the day.