For Wittenberg Assistant Professor of History and archeologist Dar Brooks Hedstrom, “X” may never actually mark the spot, but the excitement of getting close to it thanks to a $100,000 collaborative research grant is beyond compare.
Awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to Brooks Hedstrom and her colleagues in the Consortium for the Preservation of Monasteries of the Sohag Region in Egypt, the grant will fund two seasons of archeological work at the White Monastery, one of the largest Christian settlements in the Middle East. The first season began Nov. 14 and will run through Dec. 18.
Two 2005 Wittenberg graduates will accompany Brooks Hedstrom to the historic site. Tyler Jackson of Springfield, Ohio, and Corey McOsker of Loveland, Ohio, previously served as field archeologists at the 2004-05 Gammon House excavations in Springfield, part of an archeological field methods course sponsored by the university’s history department.