Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Canaanite cemetery

Welcome to our bloggers' ABC Wednesday, today featuring words beginning with letter C.

In connection to the excavations where I've been working for a few months, we have already talked about cranes, our container storeroom, a cat, and a cow's tooth.
Today we add a cheerful element of the workplace:

CAMARADERIE!

Issa, Abu Kamal, Abu Samer, and Yusef--four of my thirty workmates.

"C" is also for CANAANITE vessels in a burial CAVE.
Here Rahed has just discovered some Middle Bronze Age pottery quite high up in his cave.

By the end of the day (Monday) he had discovered ten (!) jugs in that one little area.

Before we removed them, our director, archaeologist Zvi, used the big camera to shoot the official photo of the finds.

The Canaanites lived in the land more than 4,000 years ago.

20 comments:

Leora said...

Sounds very rewarding! Neat that you enjoy finding these ancient items, and wonderful that you feel camaraderie with your co-workers. Thanks for sharing.

kjpweb said...

Uh - that must have been exciting, huh? Wonderful!
Cheers, Klaus

Bear Naked said...

This is perhaps the most unique post for ABC Wednesday-C.
Bravo

Bear((( )))

Rambling Woods said...

Another wonderfully informative post! Thank you Dina!

Shimmy Mom said...

Wow, great find already. So exciting!

Ann said...

Dina, your work sounds so fascinating.

USelaine said...

Oh, thanks for that! I love seeing artifacts in place.

Louise said...

What a place to live! I haven't been reading blogs long, but it's so amazing to me that whenever I've read about your digs, you find things. How exciting.

Kris said...

It sounds like they were a messy bunch, leaving all of that cookware lying about! ;)

the donG said...

nice "c" posts. i like the last shot. i wonder how they discovered that.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

those urns in the earth look incredible!

mommanator said...

O MY how exciting! clay pots I presume. how lucky to find

JC said...

Amazing. It must be exciting to find these things. What will happen to them? Will they go in a museum somewhere or are they put in a warehouse or sold?

petra michelle; Whose role is it anyway? said...

How wonderful to re-live that period! It must feel like that when you unearth the past?
What magnificant finds! Congratulations to you and your co-workers! Petra

Suzanne said...

Its amazing what you are finding, what an experience it must be.

Louis la Vache said...

Cool! As "Bear Naked" wrote, a very unique post for ABC Wednesday!

Kay said...

Oh my gosh! This is so cool, Dina. What an extraordinary experience you're having. You've certainly found treasure.

Sara said...

Oh...I see all I had to do was scroll down a bit further to see what's going on at the dig....wow. This is exciting!

Petrea said...

Seeing the artifacts in place, as usElaine put it, is mesmerizing. Also vital; I've read that an artifact loses its meaning when removed from its context without being documented, which is one reason looting is a crime. Your work is of paramount importance. Thank you for photographing it for us!

I'm just as glad you photographed your coworkers. Tell them hello from me!

photowannabe said...

Utterly fascinating and exciting to find the ancient pottery. Thank you for sharing.