Edmond students dig their way to the find ‘of a lifetime’

BY JOHN A. WILLIAMS Published: December 18, 2008
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photo - Six Herbert W. Armstrong College students have returned to Edmond after spending months on an archaeological dig in Israel. Seated in center are from left, Brandon Nice and Edwin Trebels. Standing from left are Victor Vejil, John Rambo, Jeremy Cocomise and Brent Nagtegaal. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN
Six Herbert W. Armstrong College students have returned to Edmond after spending months on an archaeological dig in Israel. Seated in center are from left, Brandon Nice and Edwin Trebels. Standing from left are Victor Vejil, John Rambo, Jeremy Cocomise and Brent Nagtegaal. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN
EDMOND — It sounds like something out of a movie. Archaeologists discover a tunnel in Israel they believe dates to the time of King David, the 10th century B.C.

But the story is not fiction. Five students from Herbert W. Armstrong College in Edmond spent several months in Jerusalem digging, photographing and documenting it.

Jeremy Cocomise said he signed up for the dig because he thought it would be an incredible experience. "To be able to work on a dig site on what could be from King David’s time was the experience of a lifetime,” he said.

New experience
Though they had little experience in archaeology, the students worked with one of Israel’s top archaeologists, Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University. She made international news in 2005 when she unearthed a large wall near the Kidron Valley.

It was a completely new experience for Brent Nagtegaal, a senior from Australia. "I knew it was going to be hard work for the first four months. As we got lower, things got more interesting and exciting. We got down to the time Judah fell as we got lower and eventually to an area we believe can be traced to King David’s time.”

Locating King David’s palace marks the time of his reign when he captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites as explained in 2 Samuel of the Bible, said Edwin Trebels, a native of the Netherlands.


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