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Archaeologist Treats Students to Historical Tales

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.-- A student’s dive into ancient civilizations ended up treating his class to a visit from a world-renown expert on the topic, Shemaya Bendavid.

Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School sixth-grader Nadav Bendavid worked on a school project, adding knowledge and information from his uncle, an expert on Megiddo, a historic location in Israel. Bendavid’s teacher, Josh Baskin, took the opportunity to ask Shemaya Bendavid to visit his class on an upcoming visit to the United States. The lesson, Baskin said, was informational for himself, as well, as he researched both Bendavid’s uncle, Shemaya Bendavid, and Megiddo itself.

Students in Baskin’s humanities class studied Mesopotamia and the Near East, and within that unit also learned about archaeologists, the meaning of artifacts and primary sources.

Nadav and his teacher’s efforts paid off and Shemaya Bendavid visited the class just three months after his retirement from the field of archeology. During his visit, the former archaeologist taught students about the rich history found at the Megiddo site where he worked for 45 years.

“Learning about Megiddo made me want to go see archaeological sites. I would like to see some artifacts and archaeological digs in ancient sites,” said Nadav following his uncle’s visit.

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