Thursday, June 14, 2012

The stuff of archaeologists' dreams

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The "4th International Festival of Light in the Old City of Jerusalem" is in full swing.

This animated line of dig "volunteers" swinging buckets of excavated dirt from one to another was my favorite part!
It looked so life-like I wanted to join them!

Enlarge the photo and you can find the one guy down on the ladder, heaving the heavy buckets up over his head.

Meanwhile projectors went on and off, highlighting different areas of the big dig going on at the Givati Parking Lot.
It's just outside the Old City wall, next to the City of David.

Adding to the atmosphere was the background music--the clicking of many small pickaxes on ancient stones.
From time to time pictures of the discovered treasures lit up the back wall.
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These scenes in the quiet Jerusalem night were heartwarming; I felt proud and lucky to be an archaeology worker in Jerusalem.

This best part of the Light Festival could very well be an illustration of what archaeologists dream about at night.
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20 comments:

luluberoo said...

Wonderful post..felt like I was there for a minute.

Rob and Mandy said...

Excellent! Wish I'd been there.

Robin said...

Ugh, I missed it again this year. Jay's away this week and I just couldn't swing it.

Robert Geiss said...

Thank you for this adventure for the sense of sight and though very much.

Please have a good Friday.

Ann said...

That would be lovely to see.

cieldequimper said...

That's fantastic. I'd have absolutely loved it.

elena nuez said...

Those are gorgeous!!!


thanks for posting this and a big hello from Spain,
elena

Reader Wil said...

This must have been a great spectacle. Your photos are therefore spectacular. So you went to an almost deserted Holy Sepulchre. I think I would have liked that too. When we were there it was too crowded and noisy. I wish you Shabbat Shalom!

VP said...

I usually hate these things, but I would really like to be there...

Birdman said...

What they dream at night... now, that's a pretty interesting image.

Virginia said...

OH I wish I could see this in person. Your photographs are wonderful Dina and in such low light!!!
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Pietro said...

I like so much the Festival of Light in the Old City of Jerusalem! Thanks for sharing this , Dina.

Sara said...

Shabbat Shalom Dina! I was just reading about this Festival of Light in an e-newsletter I receive. It must have been quite a sight...I do love that line of dig volunteers!

The other thing mentioned in the newsletter is the dazzling display of 400 ancient artifacts of gold at the Bible Lands Museum...might you be visiting?

RuneE said...

Obviously the work is its own reward :-)

Dina said...

Shalom friends, wish you could all be here for the fun.

Sara, a friend received an invitation for two to the opening of that Pure Gold exhibition at the Bible Lands Museum. So we went, had wine and chocolate in the garden, words from the director, a lecture by a British professor, and then the crowd got to crowd into the rather small darkened gallery. The loud alarms kept going off, apparently when people leaned on the display cases. It was hot and stuffy from some many people in one place and I escaped to the rest of the nice museum instead of trying to see all the old gold. With all the guards around, I didn't dare try to sneak any photos.

Pat said...

This looks so cool! What a creative and clever way to entertain and also highlight the archaeological dig going on in (near) Jerusalem!

Kay said...

Wow! What a wonderful light show. It must be so exciting to be part of something like this.

Spiderdama said...

Understand it must have been very special to see this. I Would love to see it real life:-)

mirae said...

hello beautiful Dina, thankyou for appreciating my psalm.

This light presentation is so enchanting and magical just as it must be to uncover these treasures and communicate with souls of the past.it is understandable that you would be proud of this work.

thankyou!
shalom love and light

JM said...

What a great setting for such a cool light show!