Robert B. Wright

Lessons in the sand. Volunteers at Gezer in the 1960s received a more formal education at the first field school, where G. Ernest Wright, Gezer’s first director, sometimes stepped up to the blackboard. The model set by Wright, William G. Dever and H. Darrell Lance at Gezer continues to guide volunteers: Their practice of offering lectures, field trips and credit for field work set the precedent for most digs today.