Sunday, September 21, 2008

T-i-m-b-e-r !

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As you may have surmised, we completed the archaeological excavation a few weeks ago. It is good to have some time off before the next dig starts. It is still so hot; summer goes on and on. But for the sake of closure, here are some scenes from the final day.

What we did was the required salvage dig before construction of yet another highrise apartment building could start. The building contractor, anxious to begin, wasted no time in sending in his crew to cut down the one tree we had on the site.


The thick limbs were sawed up and carted away as firewood.

Our shade netting had been taken down and then the shade of the tree was also gone.
The direct sun was SO hot as we raised clouds of dust, sweeping clean every meter of rock with broom heads.
Stone always has to be swept clean before archaeologists take the final photos.

By noon our guys were literally dancing with joy that our work was at an end.

10 comments:

Kris said...

Do you have a siesta type break there in Israel? I would imagine it gets pretty hot around Noon...

USelaine said...

Wow! Interesting to see the spread of housing behind the dancers too. We got our first rain on Friday, and it was even enough to soak the garden for a good while.

evlahos said...

it's really nice to have time to rest and dance. are they dancing sirtaki? :) (do you know sirtaki, the greek dance of Zorba?)

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i know what you mean by very hot - the mediterranean sun is just too hot to bask in - no wonder we have to finish all our outdoor work by 10-11am, then wait for the siesta and start work after 6pm...
i'm glad you lkiked the story dina, travelling in crete is sometimes an eye-opener even for me who lives here (i'm not sure if they bathe sheep in the sea anymore, but they cerainly used to)

the donG said...

ahhhh... no to cutting of trees.

evlahos said...

I'm very happy for giving you a smile. About your question, yes it's an old and very small church. church of Saint Paraskevi. we call this small church "proskinima προσκύνημα in Greek" like shrine (i'm not sure if this is the right translation).

Webradio said...

Bonjour Dina !

Ton pays est un beau pays, et Tes photos nous le font découvrir à chaque instant...
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Hi Dina !

Your country is a beautiful country, and your photos discover us it at any moment ...

Sara N said...

Ooo,Good job Dina!
you should get energy for your next project ;)

kjpweb said...

Off to the next! :)
Cheers, Klaus

Dick said...

I hope you have a nice time, how sad about that tree but I assume there was no possibility to let it stay.