Sunday, August 17, 2008

Sunday, back to work

As you may know, I am working at a salvage excavation in Jerusalem these days.
The present site has at least twenty shaft tombs in which the Canaanites buried their dead some 4,000 years ago, in the Middle Bronze Age.

Today's best find, to my eyes, was this unusual vessel.

It was down in the burial cave at the end of this shaft.
Here our one Bedouin worker is being pulled out, no ladder!
Behind him is Haj. I don't know his name because all the workers (Moslems) simply call him Haj. It is the title of respect given to a pilgrim after he has made the pilgrimage to Mecca.

18 comments:

Louise said...

You never come up empty-handed. Interesting about "Haj."

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

it looks like hot work today!

kjpweb said...

Wonderful finds! Cheers, Klaus

Donna said...

I would be SO Excited going in!!! Great pictures Dina...Thank you for them!!!hughugs

tipper said...

Love the vessel. Another interesting post-makes me wish I could sneak to work with you.

Rambling Woods said...

You don't have to go down in that hole do you Dina? Nice find though..

Petrea said...

Oh, I'm with Tipper! What a thrill. You have the most interesting job, and interesting coworkers, too. I'm so glad you can take your camera to work and share it all with us.

USelaine said...

That pot is so complete! "I am a teapot, short and stout..."

JC said...

That is an unusual looking pot. How deep are those shafts? With no latter?? What do they do with the bones when they find burial places? I am just full of questions this morning.

Chrisss said...

Wow, Dina that looks like a fascinating job. Hope you don't have to climb into that hole though.

ichandrae said...

Hi Dina.

I left a comment on :A still small soul.

Also thanks for sharing this historical event of this vessel finding.
It almost looks like a tea pot.It really does make you want to sit down and have tea with our middle aged bronzed ancestors.

I have just been admiring a page from the St. John's Bible by art director Donald Jackson. It is four years into the making.It contains english and hebrew script in the illuminated manuscript style. It's aim is to show that all religions have the same roots.

I just thought you may be interested as you are always extending yourself to the christians. They have an on line exhibition.


It seems like a beautiful work.

love and light
ichandrae.
shalom have a great day.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/stjohnsbible/stjohns-exhibit.html

(in case you haven't heard of this beauty)

Shimmy Mom said...

That vessel is amazing. What a great find.
I love the info about "Haj". I love that the culture still has so much respect involved. My hubby and I had a run in last night that involved someone being very disrespectful to their elders and we came home so disappointed. I'm glad that it still exsists somewhere.
*hugs*

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Dusty, hot, strenuous... and so exciting for those of us who have an interest in such things! Does everyone on the dig get a bit thrilled to find something like that, or is it 'just another thing' to them?

Meead S. said...

I'm a Haj too! I visited Mecca last year ;)

Dina, what's your exact job position there in the project? I'm interested to know.

Kay said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying the archeological dig. It sounds like so much fun!

the donG said...

wow! more discoveries. i wonder how hot it is there.

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

It's wonderful to be a part of history and, in a way, shape it!
Beautiful!

Sherry Stewart said...

exciting find....wow! Wish I had been there, it would be so cool to dig up a pot. I have a friend, ceramic artist, who made an art piece, broke it up, buried it, and held a dig, close as I have gotten to digging up a pot, it was fun tho..