Help for IDIS 340: Field Work
Archaeology, especially in the Middle East, is a primary research interest of Bert de Vries. During his years of service in the History department at Calvin, he has been instrumental in setting up the Archaeology minor, in leading a number of archaeology field schools for students to Jordan and Palestine and in building partnerships with Middle Eastern schools and governments.
The de Vries family lived in Jordan for a number of years and returns often for extended periods. Sally’s expertise includes the clothing, artistry, and weaving of artisans in the area. She has collaborated on several books that highlight the beauty of their craftsmanship and the traditions that guide their work. The family are also frequent visitors to Guatemala's Mayan sites.