Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
Is there any mechanical method for weeding? Herbicides?
We typically go Old School on vegetation removal. Besides the health risks to workers from close exposure to chemicals in the dirt, the introduction of herbicides alters the chemical composition of the soil, which could affect radiocarbon tests, etc. The manual work doesn’t take long, and excavation teams are loaded with young, strong workers who can just take care of it.