For the second time this year, hopes for a sabbatical to work on the final report about the NIP have yielded to the needs of students. A second faculty search has failed, and so I will be in the classroom this spring teaching about the Bible, interpretation, and the story of Jesus, rather than publishing archaeological research about early Christianity. Although I am disappointed, my students always come first. I am sprinting to be ready for classes beginning 13 January. Archaeological remains were in the ground for centuries. The final report will come in less time.
I am very pleased that, if several factors come together, I will have a 6-month sabbatical beginning in January of 2020. The purpose of this sabbatical will be to pull together and publish in digital format materials for the Northeast Insula Project derived from fifteen field seasons (2002-2016) and the study season in 2019. Look for materials to appear here, on Digital Commons, and on Academia.edu.