Faculty members from Emory University and curators from the Carlos Museum lead archaeological digs in Greece, Azerbaijan, Israel, and Egypt. Follow their work on iSites, a series of blogs from the excavation sites that chronicle the daily activity.

Hilary Gopnik, principal scientist and lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, will resume her excavations at Oğlanqala, Azerbaijan from July 16 to July 30, 2015. Teams from Emory and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a number of specialists from other institutions, will conduct survey and excavation of the lower town, which lies in the valley below the Iron Age palace/fortress excavated in previous seasons.  By exploring the town where the farmers, shepherds, and craftspeople who sustained the elites living in the citadel lived, we hope to discover more about how   people in the Iron Age managed to negotiate the complexities of urban life. FOLLOW THE BLOG


Beginning July 4, 2015, Emory art history professor and faculty consultant curator at the Carlos Museum Bonna Wescoat and her team of archaeologists will return to the ancient Greek Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace. Home of one of the premier ancient Greek mystery cults, Samothrace offers a unique view of the ancient Greek world. Wescoat has worked at the site for over thirty years, and is now Director of Excavations.

Excavations continue at Tell Halif, Israel, this summer, from May 31-July 4, 2015. Under the direction of Emory Professor of Biblical Archaeology Oded Borowski, work continues to uncover remains from the end of the 8th century BC, when the city – most likely biblical Rimmon – was destroyed by the Assyrian king Sennacherib in 701 BCE in response to the revolt of King Hezekiah of Judah.   The team will continue to uncover domestic structures containing household assemblages and workshops adjacent to the city wall.