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Harry Jol to Present Research Findings
At International Conference

 MAILED:  Sept. 3, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire associate professor of geography Harry Jol will present some of the intriguing results of his summer research in Israel at the International Conference on Archaeology, History and Technology, Sept. 7, 9 and 10, at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford, Conn.

The three-session conference will examine the significance of the findings of the University of Hartford’s archaeological excavations in Israel, as well as the role that new technologies are playing in this work.

Jol, along with Paul Bauman of Komex International, Inc., Calgary, Canada, will discuss the new processes for archaeological excavations that they helped pioneer with the Greenberg Center at its projects at the Cave of Letters, Bethsaida, Qumran, Tel Shalem, Bet Shearim, Nazareth and Yavne. The processes involve using ground penetrating radar and electrical resistivity tomography to assess the substratum of an archaeological mound, allowing for pin-point excavation.

Jol will present “Ground Penetrating Radar: Secrets of Mary’s Well, Nazareth and Qumran” on Sept. 9, and “Ground Penetrating Radar and the Archaeology of Yavne: Season One” on Sept. 10. According to Jol, archaeologists continue to look for physical evidence of the lives of Jesus and his family, and Mary’s Well has been the stuff of legends for centuries, as its water was said to heal all ailments.

The conference also will include talks by Richard Freund, director of the University of Hartford’s Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies; renowned historian Jacob Neusner, senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology and a full-time professor at Bard College; and world-famous archaeologist Avner Goren, Foundation Stone archaeological consultant and the main character of the best seller, “Walking the Bible.”

For more information, contact Jol at (715) 836-3472 or jolhm@uwec.edu.

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Updated: September 3, 2003