Classics Student Wins Fellowship for Dissertation Work in Israel
Peter Stone will work at an archaeological site in Tel Kedesh thanks to a grant from the W.F. Albright Institute.
By: Kim Burdett
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Photos By: Peter Stone
When Peter Stone graduated high school, he didn’t plan to go to college.
wasn’t until a friend told him about an opportunity to participate in
an archaeological dig in Tel Kedesh, an excavation site in the Upper
Galilee of Israel, that he started to envision his passion for history
in his own future. That experience pushed him to enroll at University
of Minnesota to study Latin and Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology.
He's been in the field ever since.
|Classics student Peter Stone (right) is sifting through soil at Tel Kedesh.|
How fitting, then,
that Stone recently received an Educational and Cultural Affairs Junior
Research Fellowship from the W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological
Research that will take him back to the very same site to work with the
same archaeologists for his dissertation.
“That initial experience
is what convinced me to go to college,” he says. “Interestingly,
between the time I was 18 and last summer, I hadn’t been back to that
location. But when the opportunity came up for me to go to work there
for my dissertation, I was absolutely thrilled and agreed to do so.”
a graduate student in the Classics department, received the $10,000
fellowship for his dissertation work on a case study of how the people
at Tel Kedesh responded to being under imperial rule and how it
affected their relationships with other local groups. He’ll spend four
and a half months in Jerusalem and hopes to continue his research in
Greece, Egypt, Cyprus and Turkey in the second half of the year, should
additional funding become available.
“Pottery is the main body
of evidence that I work with,” Stone explains. “There is so much of it
and it tells you a lot about economic patterns, how places are
connected with other places and it can also tell you about peoples’
|Stone looks through pottery artifacts, a large component of his dissertation work.|
The site he works at was a provincial palace and
administrative center where taxes were collected under the Persian
Empire and Seleucid and Ptolemaic kingdoms established after Alexander
the Great’s conquest. Because it was staffed by locals who oversaw the
surrounding villages, Kedesh provides an opportunity to consider how
changes in political authority affected the rhythm of everyday life in
“One of the reasons I like dealing
with physical remains is because there is a very intimate connection,”
he says. “You have these objects that form continuity that otherwise
wouldn’t exist. That’s always fascinated me.”
Stone’s dissertation will look at how the
administrators’ lifestyles changed between empires and how comparable
they were to the local people they oversaw.
dissertation work at Tel Kedesh is innovative in that it’s using
ceramic evidence to answer bigger social and cultural questions,” says
Kathleen Lynch, an associate professor in Classics and Stone’s advisor.
“This is a very prestigious fellowship,” she continues. “I was
not surprised he received it because the project is excellent and he is
well-deserving of it.”
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