BAR’s annual summary of volunteer dig opportunities, a feature which appears in this issue, is complemented this year by a companion theme: methods used by archaeologists in the field.
Joe Seger traces the evolution of archaeological field methods for BAR readers in “A Capsule History of Archaeological Method.” Seger, Visiting Professor of Religious Studies and Humanities at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, received his Ph.D. in 1965 from Harvard University. Presently director of the Lahav Research Project at Tell Halif, Seger is the author of Tomb Offerings From Gezer.
Also interested in the history of archaeology and archaeological methods, William H. Stiebing, Jr. has stimulated our curiosity by his article, “Who First Excavated Stratigraphically?” about an 18th century American. While Dr. Stiebing was researching sources for a book on the history of archaeology, he discovered this new material. A professor of ancient history and archaeology, Stiebing has been on the faculty at the University of New Orleans since 1967 and a staff member at digs at Tel es-Sa’idiyeh, Jordan and Saraband, Lebanon.