This past year, Foundation Stone has been been busily studying, networking, and accumulating experience and knowledge in academia, film-making, drone photography, archaeology with scientific studies and in-the-field management training, and Ancient Near Eastern history.
As we begin 5777 (2016-2017) Barnea has completed his bachelor's degree, and earned his Excavation Certificate (Te'udat Chofer). He is now busy on his master's dissertation - on ancient fat! Our attention is beginning to turn towards planning site development and production. In this regard we are working in the Galilee with two important Sanhedrin sites, while Yavne continues on the back burner.
We thank Mr. Moshe... for contributing to our equipment purchases. The iPads and HD drone add a new dimension to our onsite visits and are already enhancing our educational projects.
A grant by an anonymous donor enabled us in 2009 to take an IAF pilot with an archaeological background, and an expert aviation photographer, to film 22 sites from the air. To create a full aerial library of sites across the country requires USD$75,000. When the opportunity is right, we seek to film in Jordan and Turkey as well.
In the past six months alone drone use and drone services by archaeologists has gone up several notches; while the availability of technology here in Israel has also advanced by leaps and bounds. Already newer and more stable drones with higher resolution cameras are now available, and we are looking to upgrade our abilities. A grant of $3000 would make this a reality.
Producing what is called B-roll - an ongoing archive of HD materials and educational content that would include filming sites, and professional equipment to interview and film scholars and scientists in the field requires USD$2500-$5000.
We spend months in research, and occasional travel to historical sites for first-hand research and images. $5000 enables a significant piece of research and travel to be added to our reservoir of knowledge and materials that is immediately invested in new and improved teaching, programs, and media. Our travels to Turkey, Jordan, Cyprus, and great museums like the British Museum are in constant use. For example, we await going to the Louvre, the Ashmolean, and Museum Island in Berlin; and further research and filming in Jordan. Sponsors are invited to travel with us and explore, meeting the experts, sites, and artifacts that make learning come alive.
Would you like to share in all that we do? Please consider becoming a Member with $500 annually for the next five years, or a Builder with USD$25,000 grant, payable over 5 years.
We're also open to inviting a donor sponsor to join us on an expedition. Feel free to contact us if you're interested in participating in a research trip.
Foundation Stone asks for your help to produce media and projects that will make Israel's heritage come alive in the field and in the classroom. The need to share the truth of our rich past and the inspiration of heritage, has never been greater.
With best wishes for a sweet and happy New Year - and peace!-
Barnea Levi Selavan
Co-Directors, Foundation Stone