Sunday, November 8, 2009

Dancing at the dig site

The month-long fall season of our excavation in Tiberias ended last week.
On Thursday we were digging from 5:30 until 13:00, then a little snack and several hours of pottery washing. We rushed back to the hotel for a quick shower, then walked back to the site for our evening FAREWELL PARTY.

Roi, the dig administrator, took on the role of Grill Master. Hot dogs, chicken wings, and skewers of meat and chicken hearts.
The portable gas-fed Weber grill worked wonders.
There was lots of posing, e.g. my area supervisor Asaf and me.

Our very young and capable staff: Katia, Shulamit, Yuli, and Asaf.
The men are the paid workers, Bedouin from northern Israel.

Dig director Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman presented a certificate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to each volunteer.

After the meat, salads, pita, humus, tehina, wine, beer, and Coke, this volunteer married couple brought out a birthday cake.

The younger Bedouin gathered off to the side. One man sang while another played a double flute-type instrument that has been know in the Middle East since antiquity.

The flute sounded like a bagpipe minus the bag.
Click on the photo and you'll see the boy's cheeks full of air.

The old-time music really got our blood racing! Everyone was clapping to the beat and the Bedouin danced the debka.

Here is a very short video for you to get an idea of the music. Like it?


Kay said...

Oh fun, Dina! This sounds like something we heard in Egypt. I loved all your photos. I could really get a sense of the joy and camaraderie you experienced. My favorite photo, of course, is of you!!! You look terrific!

Suzanne said...

Great to hear the sound. What's next???

Petrea said...

Sitting at my desk on a quiet fall afternoon, the music's a little jarring. But if I were among new friends in the desert of Tiberias on a hot night, I'd love it!

Cloudia said...


How wonderful of you to take us to the party, Dina.

Shalom & Aloha, Friend!

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Leif Hagen said...

Looks like you had a fun party, dancing and probably some good food! What's next?!

jeannette stgermain said...

You all deserved to have some fun after a month long of hard work!
Will you miss it?

Yes, you're right it does sound a little like the bagpipes, but the music is more like dancing music. what I've heard is that one needs a lot of air to play that instrument!

magiceye said...

seems like a great evening!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

What a nice set of photographs these are. Digging up history is one of the things I always wanted to do but never got around to it. I like to look for arrowheads and have found plenty of them but only in cornfields and places like that.

spacedlaw said...

What an amazing instrument. I would not mind knowing more about it.

FA said...

You had good reason to celebrate. Now. Did you really say chicken hearts?