Sunday, June 26, 2005

The First Week

The first week of the Tel Rehov excavation ended well. Opening a new area is exciting, but also unpredictable. I am supervising the excavation of two squares with 3 undergraduate students. The first week is always the most difficult because volunteers are not prepared for how tough excavation is. We spend a lot of time using a pick ax and hoe, digging down several centimeters and then cleaning up the mess; all the while maintaining the balks and keeping an eye out for anything suspicious. One of my squares, C5, has already yielded a beautiful wall. Often times walls are difficult to determin, but this one was so obvious! Pottery sherds are abundant and so are the scorpians! We haven't reached the layer where we should recover any speical finds, but we should be there sometime next week. More to come...

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