After the world was turned upside-down on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the future of archaeology and research was in question. The year 2020 saw the closure of many excavations and conferences around the world which put a halt on exploring our intellectual history. Finally, we are seeing excavations start back up overseas and the time is ripe for research. However will research and excavation look the same?
No doubt, there will be some changes until the remnants of COVID-19 are itself apart of history (where hopefully it will stay). But these changes are a small price to pay in order for us to continue work at such a fascinating site such as Safra. Typical masks and social distancing protocols will be in place although being outside majority of the time will aid in the prevention of the disease.
The dates of excavation for the Safra expedition are May 28th-July 9th. There will be some travel in between on the weekends. I am also eager to make more videos for the blog and my youtube channel. After the 2019 season, my Youtube channel has over 100 subscribers and (as of today) my video "A Day in the Life of an Archaeologist" has over 11,000 views! This has been overwhelmingly encouraging and I look forward to making more.
Alternatively, the sudden nature of this opening has given me limited opportunity for fundraising. If you are interested in supporting archaeology and my website, email me and I can show you where you can donate. If you are also interesting in hosting me to visit for lecture at your local community (church, school, community center, historic society, etc.) feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org .