Rebecca S. Knudeson of Carlton, Oregon, is the winner of BAR’s Biblical Archaeology Essay Contest. Her prize is a $1,500 traveling fellowship to Jerusalem.
Knudeson, a former elementary school teacher, was chosen from among more than 80 entrants by judges Menahem Mansoor of the University of Wisconsin and Kenneth Holum of the University of Maryland.
Rebecca Knudeson’s winning essay, “The Cities of Ahab,” examines the archaeological evidence for extensive building activities at Samaria, Megiddo, Hazor and Dan and argues that they should be attributed to King Ahab of Israel’s northern kingdom.
According to the judges, “Knudeson’s topic was an excellent choice for this contest, raising classic problems of archaeological interpretation. She understands the problems clearly and discusses them intelligently. She has researched the topic thoroughly and has written a well-organized paper with appropriate documentation.”