Unearthing the Past

Author: Colleen Wilcox

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Originally published by the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.

Over the summer, Notre Dame theology students joined professional archaeologists to look for clues buried in the ancient soil of the Holy Land. What the students found could make valuable contributions to our understanding of life at the border of biblical Judah and Philistia, as well as the history of the land purchased in the 1960s for what became the University's campus here.

Abraham (Avi) Winitzer, the Jordan H. Kapson Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, took a group of students to the Holy Land to embark on the first formal archaeological survey of the grounds of the University of Notre Dame at Tantur. Working in conjunction with the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University, the group is hoping to fill in gaps of Tantur’s history as a prominently located swath of geography for the past several millennia. The program was made possible in part by a Schlindwein Family Tel Aviv University - Notre Dame Research Grant. The grant program was established by Tim Schlindwein '69, who has worked to develop collaboration between TAU and Notre Dame.

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