Assistant professor of anthropology, Krista Lewis, and anthropology major, Elizabeth Sanders of Hot Springs, are participating in archeological excavation in Yemen in the Middle East. The international project involves the excavation of the ancient city of Marya that existed between the first century B.C. to the sixth century A.D.
â€śMarya was a major ancient kingdom that was larger than modern day Yemen,â€ť said Lewis. â€śIts citizens built monumental dams, irrigation systems, and even stone high-rises.â€ť
Experts from Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Palestine are also collaborating on the excavation. Lewis and Sanders will return to the U.S. in mid-August.
Elizabeth Sanders, student of Anthropology, in Yemen