Sunday, August 3, 2008

Another dig, another dollar

Today we started a new salvage dig, not far from where we dug two weeks ago.
Before any new building goes up, the land has to be investigated to see if there are any antiquities below surface worth saving.

Our two areas are where the men are and one up one level, behind that old tower.

This time we must wear green vests and hardhats so the construction workers and the crane operator will hopefully remember we are down there.

The container containing all our equipment arrived at 6:30 this morning.
One of the 30-some workers planted the flag of the Reshut HaAtikot, the Israel Antiquities Authority.
All of the men are Arabs, so I tactfully did not photograph the young man putting up the flag of Israel.
In the foreground is the black netting that was being set up to give us some semi-shade from the hot sun.

I'll let you know what we find. You never know!


Leora said...

Eeks! I don't want to read about you in the news. I hope you are all OK, now and in the future.

All of the men are Arabs
I'm trying to follow the who's who. The men, the Arabs, are construction workers? And the "we" are from the Israel Antiquities? And the young man is from...?

Dina said...

Thanks Leora. OK, most of the archaeology workers in Jerusalem are Arab residents of the villages included in "East Jerusalem." That includes the young man with the flag. They and I (we) work for a contractor who supplies laborers to the Israel Antiquities Authority. Usually the archaeologist, his assistant, and the surveyor (the professional staff) are the only Jewish Israels. I am usually the only woman on site. The construction workers on the building today came down for their lunch break and had to walk through our area. They looked Chinese.

Tipper said...

Can't wait to see what you find!


this is the same problem we face wvery time we dig something up in the central town area - that's why it takes ages to get anything built there!

kjpweb said...

Good luck with the digg! I expect the least a priceless artifact, that turns around history as we know it.
So go! Digg! ;)
Cheers, Klaus

JC said...

I didn't see any clouds in these shots. Did you get any rain in your area? Enjoy the dig. JC

Kris said...

What might you expect to find on such a site?

Tiz said...

Hi Dina, I just want to introduce myself to you. I am Bethy, sister to JC - This and that with JC.

I was so excited about her making contact with you when she was in Israel. A friend of JC is a friend of mine!!!!

Love you In Him, Bethy

Shimmy Mom said...

I hope you find something AMAZING, I bet rare finds are so much fun. Good luck!

Dina said...

Thanks Tipper, Klaus, Shimmy Mom!

M. Kiwi, yeah, Greece, Israel, same idea: lots of old stones.

Kris, we know this is a Canaanite burial place, so pottery and bones are expected. Hopefully some goodies too.

JC, this is summer so there is not supposed to be any rainfall from about April to October.

Hi Tiz, welcome to the blog and our group of friends! Yes, it was great to talk to yours sister on the phone.

Kay said...

I'm so excited for you, Dina. What fun! I can't wait to see what else you dig up.

Sherry Stewart said...

beautiful blue skies! From that one shot, it looks like your areas are small, and precarious..I see the sand bag work. Can't wait to hear what you find. Keeping us all in suspense, Dina.