Saturday, May 8, 2010

Excavation bird

A crested bird enjoying the late afternoon view over the Sea of Galilee, looking westward toward Tiberias.
For Camera-Critters Sunday.
The bird was sitting in the Forum, on what probably was the shrine or niche for the Imperial cult. Two thousand years ago it was the law to worship the Roman Emperor and the Empire in Greco-Roman cities.
On Thursday our group of archaeology volunteers had a guided field trip to the city-state (polis) of Hippos, also known in Aramaic as Susita.
The city on the hill in the Golan Heights flourished between the second century BCE and the seventh century CE. At first it was one of the ten pagan cities of the Decapolis.
Later, in Byzantine times, it became a Christian center.
During the week I will show you some of the the ruins of four of the wonderful churches of Susita.


Cloudia said...

I declare you one of the best bloggers out there, Dina!

Glad to be back, Missed Ya!

Aloha from Hawaii

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Denise said...

A fascinating bit of history and a lovely photo, thank you :)

L. D. Burgus said...

This is such a beautiful sight. You captured a great scene.

A Garden of Threads said...

Very interesting bit of history, thanks for sharing. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Petrea said...

You're finding birds in interesting places lately. I'm looking forward to these upcoming posts.

Kay said...

Happy to see you back, Dina. Do you think that's a bulbul? They seem to be everywhere.

Hilda said...

This is lovely photo and I am looking forward to your posts about your new archeological trip!

VP said...

Your silhouetted bird against the sea is lovely.

Dina said...

Shalom friends, and thanks for your comments.
Kay, the bird that we call bulbul does not have a crest. So I dunno.

Dick said...

Oh, please show as much as you can, it seems like you're in the middle of history, wonderful.

Suzanne said...

This is a very sensitive photograph, I think it tells a beautiful story.