Ilan Sztulman, courtesy The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon

ON THE COVER: Smiling with the thrill of discovery, Laura Ramos, a volunteer with the excavation at Ashkelon, on Israel’s coast, proudly displays an Iron Age I (1200–1000 B.C.) storage jar she has just unearthed. You, too, can enjoy the same thrill by joining one of dozens of excavations eager for volunteers. “Dig Now 2002” gives you all the details on how to join a dig—and maybe get to be a cover model in 2003!