Photo courtesy of Katie Heffelfinger.

ON THE COVER: Pickaxe in mid-swing, Katie Heffelfinger, a graduate student of Hebrew Bible at Emory University, begins to unearth a portion of the ancient site of Yavneh Yam, on Israel’s coast. If you want to be in her shoes this summer, turn to “2006 Digs” for our annual guide to digs looking for volunteers. Katie, one of three people who received a scholarship from us to help her join a dig, describes in “Scholarship Winners” how her weeks in the field changed her from a student who knew her subject only from books to someone who was literally digging up history with her own hands.