Hallo meine Familie und Freunden. So sorry for the long wait for an update. I don’t remember when I last updated, it may have been a few days ago, but I really can’t remember. The days spread out and sometimes seem like two or three days when it’s really only one. It goes like this: Day 1 – up on the Tel digging 5am to 12:30pm, return for lunch, shower, and nap; Day 2 – wake up for pottery washing/reading at 4pm, lecture at 5:30pm, dinner at 6:30pm; and then sometimes Day 3 is anything that happens after dinner because it’s another refresher time. Whenever there’s a break, nap, refresher of some kind, that’s the end or start of a new “day” here. So that’s why I can’t remember how long ago I updated. haha.
So, last week was our first full week of digging. It was a very long week. And I was a little irked by how things progressed in my square: namely, very slow. But I can’t push my volunteers any more than they’re already pushing themselves because of age and health, so I have to deal with it. Actually, today Jason gave me two of his volunteers halfway through the day because he didn’t need them and then Sam told me to really get moving. So we did. We progressed as fast in half a day as we would have in two. And we’re still really behind other people. Oh wells.
The other week I was moved to another square that had been opened last year because we weren’t finding anything in my original square. The square I was put it is right on top of the Assyrian destruction layer found throughout much of Area B we’re hoping to get to the bottom of. Yay! I have a large pit in the middle of my square, too! Possibly a silo/grain storage bin intruding into the destruction layer, meaning it’s a later addition. How much later, we can’t really tell, probably around Iron Age II. Woop! I also have at least one pillar sticking up out of the square that lines up perfectly with a pillar in another square and they are only about 1 meter apart. I say “at least” because there may be another one a lined up almost perfectly about 1.3 meters away from the other one. But it’s cracked, and as we found out today, was sitting on top of mudbrick and more stones, so we removed it. At the very very end of the day today, Elliot pointed out that it may be a pillar comprised of multiple stones on top of each other because it lines up almost perfectly in another direction with another possible pillar in another square. GAH! In archaeology, you always have a plan…that changes 10 minutes later…and then goes back to the original plan after 30 minutes…only to be changed again in 15 minutes. Archaeologists need to be flexible. haha. We also have found two loom weights! Though the square south of me has 14 in situ in their surface right within the destruction layer…and the square east of me has found at least 25 in the course of 3 days. Well, we’ll see how things go for the rest of the week. Oh, I don’t remember if I mentioned this, but I also had two dog burials in my old square! …but they were completely out of context, so they don’t really mean much. One of them we had almost completely picked out and the other was all jumbled anyways. Boo.
This past weekend we had a tour through the
We also went back to the Church of the Holy Sepulcre, which I was happy about because I was sick as a dog when we saw it last year. I could appreciate it better. He also gave a purely archaeological view point of everything he showed us and gave a lot of evidence for one thing or against another, which I appreciated a lot more than the almost purely theological one we got all the time last year. He would say, “I am not religious and not Christian, so I could care less. But if the tomb of ‘Christ’ really could be said to exist, it would most likely be this one here in the Sepulcre and not the so-called ‘Garden Tomb’ the Protestants claim because that is an Iron Age tomb…this one fits the time period for Jesus perfectly. In fact, we know that it can’t be later than 44CE (and he went into some explanation for why it’s stopped at that date) and Jesus is said to have died in 33CE. This tomb is almost exactly pin pointed to be the ideal tomb for Christ. But I could care less and we’re not going to see it because it’s not impressive and the line would take at least one hour. Let’s go.”
We did not get to go to the party for Israeli supervisors all throughout
But that’s the update for the week. I’m off to watch some German soap operas to wind down. Alles was zählt!!!!