July 17, 2017
Men’s rowing rising junior Matt Kerwin is spending his summer halfway around the world. But, he is not on the water. Instead he is spending his days in the mud and dirt digging as part of a GW-sponsored archaeological dig in Israel.
He caught up with GWsports.com to share some details of this #OnlyAtGW opportunity.
What are you up to this summer?
I am currently on an Archaeological dig in Israel through GW. We are at a location called Tel Kabri and it is a Bronze Age Canaanite palace in the middle of an avocado grove.
How did you get your internship? What attracted you to the opportunity?
I needed to gain field school experience for my archaeology major. I was very excited because it is a GW run dig.
What initially attracted you to archeology and what inspired you to pursue it as a major at GW?
I have wanted to be an archaeologist since I was about 11 or 12 years old. I loved history from all eras growing up. My mother was a history teacher and brought me up learning so many different people and facts about world history. I wanted to excavate and find fascinating objects ever since I went on a dig when I was younger and so far I have loved my time at Tel Kabri.
What is the main function of your job?
I dig each week from Sunday to Thursday, from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. then we get lunch and nap. We then wash all the pottery and then have dinner. After dinner there is a lecture and finally bed. During points while digging we would have lessons or quizzes.
What has been the coolest or most interesting thing you have found during a dig?
The most interesting find from the dig was a Middle Bronze Age wall that included multiple large jars that could have held olive oil or wine.
Do you have a memorable day that has left a lasting impression on you?
My most memorable day was hiking up Masada at sunrise and seeing the sunrise over the Dead Sea from the mounded fort of Masada that has been around since the time of Jereboam.
Do you plan on pursuing a career in archaeology after graduation?
I definitely plan to pursue grad school or other opportunities for archaeology after graduating. I’m very interested in classical archaeology and underwater archaeology.