OUR NEXT PROGRAM
OCTOBER 18, 2017
Excavating the Byzantine Church at Tel Kerioth
Dr. Steven Derfler
Executive Director, Educational Resources, Inc.
The Arad Archaeology Center of the Israeli Antiquities Authority, Hamline University of St. Paul MN, and Educational Resources, Inc. of St. Paul MN, excavated the Byzantine Church at Tel Kerioth, Israel. It is located at the foot of Mt. Amassa, at the southern end of the Judean Hills, overlooking the Arad Basin. A total of 96 volunteers and students from around the world and Israel participated.
Kerioth is perhaps the hometown of one of the disciples of Jesus (Yehuda, ish Kriyot). The church was apparently built after the earthquake of 363 CE, paralleling other Christian religious structures built in Palestine after this time. The church building's final destruction came as a result of an earthquake in 747/8 CE.; one that devastated the Jordan River Valley.
An international educational consultant, public speaker, archaeologist, historian, researcher, teacher and writer, Dr. Derfler has been uncovering the histories of Ancient Civilizations for 40 years. Dr. Derfler brings insight to current political and social events, bridging the past with the future to promote greater understanding between people from different faiths and walks of life.
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OUR CODE OF ETHICS
TSAS membership shall be denied to any person who violates accepted standards of archaeological conduct and/or federal, state or local laws and regulations.
HAVE SITE AWARENESS
Be keenly aware that every archaeological site contains evidence of specific human activities and is a unique source of data about past socio-cultural behavior. All sites deserve professional quality excavation, analysis and publication. It will be mandatory for every member to further this goal.
WORK AS A TEAM
A TSAS Member will not participate in uncontrolled or unsupervised work in any of the Society’s fields of interest, but will seek to aid and assist the trained or professional members in the furtherance of archaeological and laboratory work, record keeping and all other aspects of information gathering needed for accurate and concise reporting of all such activities.
NO PERSONAL COLLECTING OF ARTIFACTS
The practices of exchanging, hoarding, buying, or selling of archaeology materials for the sole purpose of personal satisfaction or financial gain, including the indiscriminate excavation of archaeological sites, are declared contrary to the Society’s ideals and objectives.
REPORT UNAUTHORIZED ACTIVITY
Report all illicit and illegal activities such as unauthorized digging or looting of sites, and sites threatened with destruction, to one of Time Sifters' board members.
No archaeological site or property should be excavated by the Society unless there is reasonable cause to believe it will be destroyed or severely altered within two years from date of consideration, and such excavation must be approved by the board.
ALWAYS OBTAIN PERMISSIONS
Permission from the property owner must be obtained before any site can be excavated by the Society. A full written release of liability covering all those working or visiting the site under the auspices of the Society shall be given.
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