Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sheltering diggers from Israel's sun

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City Daily Photo bloggers share a Theme Day today about SHELTER.
As the only Israeli in the group I felt obliged to post about my bomb shelter, and how "protected rooms/mamadim"  are now required by law,  but it was too depressing.
So I am showing you the happy topic of archaeology instead!
The shade cloth that is put up daily over the squares we are digging in provides merciful shelter from the merciless sun. 
Just like an air raid shelter, it's hard to live without it (literally!).


Here you see the temporary shelter being raised over the excavation at Tel Yarmouth.
By the way, the rope the Bedouin worker is pulling is called a meitar in Hebrew, and from there comes the name of my town in the desert, Meitar.  It is the rope which allows you to "enlarge the space of your tent" as advised in Isaiah 54:2.

The top photo of me swinging the pickax at the 2009 Tiberias dig was taken by volunteer Gretchen Cotter.
She made a nice little video about working eight hours a day in the hot sun, and there you can see just how simple it is to put up the sun shade (IF you know what you're doing).
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Check out the other city bloggers' shelters at City Daily Photo.
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11 comments:

Tanya Breese said...

a great post for theme day!

Jackie @ travelnwrite said...

I followed the link to your other shelter and again shake my head in wonder -- and commend you -- for such a wonderfully positive attitude and showing the more beautiful as well as the more difficult side of your life. I wouldn't miss your blog for anything. Hugs, J.

José Mendonça said...

Great portrait, Dina! You definitely need to be protected from the hot sun.

RedPat said...

Simple but elegant and so necessary!

William Kendall said...

I can just imagine the desert heat!

Petrea Burchard said...

It's fun to see you working at a dig!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Brilliant choice for the theme Dina, I suspect that your heat would outdo my heat very easily :) but the prospect of an archaeological dig.. well that would make it well worth the discomfort for me, fascinating stuff!

Karl Demetz said...

Hi Dina, you are hard working here !

Anonymous said...

Sun can be really dangerous...

Birdman said...

Good idea in the hot noonday sun. In TX at the airport, I saw long range parking lots covered in tents. That's a first.

Merisi said...

Good to know that at least they are sheltered from the direct sunlight!