Daily Archives: August 12, 2009

Luke Chandler’s interview on The Book & the Spade

Over the past month we have called attention to Luke Chandler’s Blog while he was working as a volunteer at the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation in Israel. Others have taken notice of his blog. Now Gordon Govier of The Book & the Spade radio program has interviewed Luke. There are two parts to the interview. Part one is already available on The Book & the Spade web site here. Part 2 will be available next week.

Luke’s report about the interview is here. Luke describes the interview:

The Book and Spade program is in its 26th year and has featured many well-known archaeologists and scholars, including Yossi Garfinkel (chief excavator of Khirbet Qeiyafa) who was interviewed on the program from Harvard last Fall. To put it in archaeological terms, I am not in the same stratum with these eminent scholars. I was invited to share my perspective as a volunteer excavator who participated in one of the hottest current digs.

The interview discussed a range of topics, from the experiences of a first-time excavator to the relevance of the site. It will be broadcast in two parts. Part 1 is freely available now, and for the duration of this week (August 11th and following). Part 2 of the interview will be broadcast next week.

Luke has been kind enough to supply me with several photos during his time at Khirbet Qeifaya. The photo below was made from Khirbet Qeiyafa (the Elah Fortress). Notice the bridge in the extreme right of the photo. That bridge is build over the bed of the Brook of Elah. The brook is dry except during the rainy season.

Elah Valley from Khirbet Qeiyafa. Photo by Luke Chandler.

Elah Valley from Khirbet Qeiyafa. Photo by Luke Chandler.

For the background of this whole story read 1 Samuel 17.