Prof. Jeffrey Chadwick (or Jeff to most mortals – aka Achish Melek Gat) has announced on Facebook the commencement of a new and exciting project – publication of the finds from the excavations at Tell Rumeida (ancient Hebron) conducted by Hammond in the 1960s.
Here is Jeff’s detailed description of the project – and the project logo:
Fifty years after the commencement of the American Expedition to Hebron (AEH) in 1963, we now announce in 2013 the inauguration of the American Expedition to Hebron Publication Project (J. Chadwick, Director). Here’s a pic of the new, color-accented update of the original expedition logo (which was also an embroidered patch worn on the khaki shirts of the senior staff).
Here’s the AEH story … Fifty years ago this month Prof. Philip Hammond of Princeton Theological Seminary conducted the short 1963 survey season at Tell er-Rumeide in Hebron (el Khalil), which was then territory governed by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Thus began the AMERICAN EXPEDITION TO HEBRON, Hammond’s archaeological project that would excavate at Tell er-Rumeide, ancient biblical Hebron, during the summers of 1964, 1965, and 1966. Finds from EBIII, MBII, LB, Iron I, Iron II, Hellenistic (Hasmonean), and the Roman-Herodian periods were made on the tell itself, including portions of the city wall and southern gate. The project went into permanent hiatus as a result of the war in June 1967, which saw Hebron come under Israeli control. Hammond thereafter concentrated on excavating Petra. Having done my doctoral dissertation on his excavations at Hebron, Hammond bequeathed to me the publication privileges for his AEH work before he passed away five years ago in 2008. And now, we’re ready to start in earnest. Keep an eye out for our first article in a few months, on the LB finds of the AEH.