Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Excavating

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Exciting excavations for ABC Wednesday meme.

I work from time to time at digs in Jerusalem (as a paid fieldworker, not an archaeologist).
This one was at Holyland Park.
On top of a high hill we uncovered Canaanite shaft tombs from 4,000 years ago.

Canaanites were buried in small caves at the bottom of the entrance shafts, with jugs of provisions "for the journey."

Skulls and skeletons.

Beautifully shaped, unusual piece of pottery.
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For more pictures and stories about the exciting excavations, please click on the ARCHAEOLOGY label below.
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32 comments:

foto CHIP said...

Oh - how interesting -I love to read about and watch things like this :)

Linda Jacobs said...

That looks like so much fun! Like treasure hunting!

Pat said...

This is fascinating! It brings to life the history found in the scriptures. Thanks for sharing.

bennie and patsy said...

Oh! that is wonderful to see. It is haying time again in Arkansas.
Patsy

jeannette stgermain said...

How exciting Dina that you participate in this! that provision jar in the first pic looks quite big!

James said...

Great choice and very intereting.

Reader Wil said...

Hi Dina! This pottery looks very good, in perfect condition! That is exciting indeed! Your work must be very interesting! Thanks for showing.

Denise said...

Great photos, and that must have been absolutely fascinating. One of the things I wanted to be as a child was an archeologist. I would have found all that very exciting.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It looks like finicky work but it must be a thrill to every time you find something. I thing the would be very Exciting.

Cloudia said...

This is just fascinating, as usual here, Dina.

You are my Israeli Mermaid.
Aloha-
Comfort Spiral

koala said...

fascinating work

Rinkly Rimes said...

You must be working in one of the most fascinating digs on earth!

Granny Smith said...

You obviously enjoy your work with the archeologists. These are exciting finds. Thanks for sharing them with us.

GG said...

How interesting! How I would LOVE to visit Jerusalem.

Dimple said...

I sure like the idea of digging and finding neat things. I don't know if I would like the reality of it, you understand, but the idea is great! I do like to find neat things, though!
Thanks for showing some of what you do.

Tumblewords: said...

I love to see what you've uncovered! This one is particularly fascinating - thank you!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Oh I had to chuckle. Why am I not surprised that you chose "excavating?" I'll bet you've been waiting for that one for a LONG time. We're doing the ABC's for the first time this week.

Grace and Bradley said...

Being such an old city and long history, it must have so much important historical artifacts bury underneath. Thanks for sharing.

Bergson said...

What emotion when you make a discovery like this

Roger Owen Green said...

And that pottery looked like a large EGG coming from the EARTH. EXCELLENT>

Archaeogoddess said...

With finding bodies, are you having any problems with the Orthodox? I know at Askelon back in the day they had to have a chained fence and an armed guard while the Canaanite tombs were being excavated.

Hilda said...

Shaft tombs? This is something completely new to me. Fascinating! And 4000 years? Wow. The pottery is amazingly well-preserved. The discovery sounds so exciting, but I imagine that the careful work of excavation must be otherwise. But still, to be a part of something so grand…

Q said...

This would be very exciting work. I think I would be great at it too!
I love the way history becomes today!
Sehrry

Pietro said...

Dina, you certainly have great satisfaction from this thrilling work. Thanks for sharing!

pasadenaadjacent said...

the dig site reminds me of wee kidney shaped swimming pools. And that undamaged jug. How is that so?

FA said...

Fieldworker or archeologist - I'm sure that this work stirs your soul.

Kay said...

This is too coool! How wonderful to be paid for something you love to do!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very interesting. You live in a place where the layers of history are deep and intricate.

Barbara Martin said...

This the best part of the careful digging: to find a treasure still intact.

Dina said...

Shalom everyone and thanks for your fun reactions and thoughts.

Archaeogoddess, because it was a burial ground we were accompanied 8 hours a day by a rabbi from Atra Kaddisha. We were not allowed to dig if he or his locum was not present.
Even though they were not Jewish bones, but Canaanite, they were treated respectfully. After examination in the lab, they will be reburied in some secret place.
Our dig was a salvage or rescue dig. By now the bulldozers of the building contractor have readied the site for construction of a highrise apartment building.

*SparkleMirror* Kiln-Fired Art Studio said...

Hello Dina! Thanks for alerting me to this dig... there's something amazing vibrating from this post that became increasingly pronouned the further I reviewed the photos. Uncovering something buried 4000 years ago is such a profound experience that it's hard to wrap my head around, but something quickly felt on a visceral level.
Wow... what an incredible experience you're sharing with all of us. I am deeply moved and appreciative.

JM said...

Wonderful post!