Monday, May 17, 2010

Dig fun

Thanks to veteran volunteer Gretchen C., we finally have some photo proof that I really do dig.
And Gretchen made a fine 7-minute video called "Digging Rocks" about archeology volunteers' life. You can watch it at her Facebook group, Tiberias-Excavation.

When you dig in the earth long enough, you eventually find something.
But we are not allowed to reveal any new discoveries. The archaeologists in charge have the right to first publication, of course.

Every dig season (2 seasons per year at Tiberias) we get a new T shirt.
This newest one's theme is "Get hooked on Tiberias!!!"
If several dozen of us are walking around with this on our back, I take that as a sign that posting a picture of the find is now OK.
Here is Area Supervisor Yuli modeling the original chain when it emerged from the dirt last autumn!
It is part of the metal chain on which hung the mosque lamps over a thousand years ago.
It is, after all, an Early Islamic Period mosque that we are excavating.
You can see a picture of a newer, simpler mosque lamp for sale at Christies' here. But it shows how the chains are attached to loops in the lamp.
That's my sometimes-dig-world for That's My World Tuesday.


one planet said...

I love digging went into lots arcjhological museums

noel said...


i'm enjoying what you are posting today from your world, love the story, it must be exciting to be digging in historic sites and finding history.

thanks for sharing this and have a great week!

Leif Hagen said...

Looks fascinating - something I've not yet had the opportunity to try!

Jew Wishes said...

I am so thrilled to see these wonderful captures of you, the dig, the shirts, the chain!!

I am in awe of the entire experience. It has to not only be rewarding, but emotional.

J Bar said...

Great post.
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Cloudia said...

As a young child, I wanted to be an archeologist...haven't thought about it in years...til now.

Thanks, Dina.

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soulbrush said...

shalom to you dina. hats off to all archaeologists.

Louis la Vache said...

We "dig" you, too, Dina!

moneythoughts said...

What can I say? They have said it all. Yes, I enjoy reading your post and seeing your photos about the dig.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Interesting video. I enjoyed that one very much. I also learned things I did not know. There are some ancient Indian sites in our area and one has been worked on for a number of years. I think the actual dig is now over.

Robin said...

What a fun series - it's a Dina in her native environment ;).

Very cool chain, and I love that they chose it for the shirts, too.

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Marie said...

Hello, do you know that Montpellier is Tiberias's sister city? I did not watch the video as I am not in the right conditions to do so, but I loved the photos. I would also love participating on that work.

Catherine said...

This video is so interesting, a good summary. A nice atmosphere between you all, I feel.
Certainly an unforgettable week.

Pietro said...

Nice to see you in the pictures, Dina!

VP said...

I have always thought caution and a brush were used to dig, not a pickax!

Dina said...

Shalom friends and thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hope you all come for a dig someday. What fun that would be.

Marie shalom. Montpellier is twinned with Tiberias? That is an honor for Tiberias.

VP, I prefer the pick to the dental tools. Well, you would be shocked, then, to see a backhoe digging at a dig. I am too.

Leif Hagen said...

You look like you know what your doing with that big tool but be careful, Dina!

Kay said...

I can just imagine what fun it must be to discover these historical treasures. Good for you, Dina.

Petrea said...

It's wonderful to see you at work, and to see the 1,000-year-old chain. Still good enough to use!