Welcome to That's My World Tuesday meme.
For the past few weeks my world has been an archaeological expedition in Tiberias.
Tiberias sits in the Great Rift Valley, 212 meters or 606 feet below sea level.
The best part of a dig is the camaraderie that develops between volunteers.
These two nice girls from Quebec stayed in my hostel dorm room the first night.
They were touring the Lower Galilee, but when they heard about the dig they immediately jumped on the chance to dig in the dirt and the hot sun for a week. They camped out at the site.
So young and already off to see the Holy Land with only a tent and a small backpack. Chapeau!
called a turia.
I suspect the Arabic names of most of our archaeology tools entered Hebrew when the early Israeli pioneers learned them from the Arab farmers, who used them for cultivating the land.
Breakfast comes at 9 o'clock. Three or four tables are set with lots of healthy food--salads, cheeses, tuna, eggs, humus, tehina, yogurt. The Americans among us like to make "Reese's Pieces" by spreading a pita with peanut butter and chocolate spread.
In the picture above, Katia, our dig director, presents T shirts and certificates to the volunteers who had finished their stint of service.
This year's T shirt features an ostracon, a potsherd with writing on it, discovered at the site. The writing is in Arabic. One of the things we are excavating is a mosque from the Early Islamic period.
That's My World for now, a world rich in antiquities and religious heritage. Until next Friday.Would you like to sign up for the next season of the dig, in spring?