Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Yearning for Yarmouth

For ABC Wednesday Y-Day, let's see some old pics from Yarmouth!
Tel Yarmouth is an Early Bronze Age site--that means from more that 4,000 years ago.
The tel is in central Israel, not far from Beit Shemesh.

This photo is taken from the Yarmouth Facebook group's album.
Sometimes, when they needed a photo of an important find in situ, right away, we volunteers (and some staff) would line up in a human wall and "make shade" over the object.

The best time for the expedition's photographer, though, would be right before sunrise.

Here the volunteers, most of them from France, wait for the Bedouin paid workers to put up the shade netting.

In my first season with the Yarmouth group, in 1993, we slept in big tents in the forest next to Emmaus, near Latrun.
In my 2006 and 2007 seasons, we were housed in spartan kibbutz housing.
Everything I needed was on, under, above, or next to my bunk bed.
Sleeping in the quiet forest was more fun. The bells of the Trappist monks at Latrun monastery were my alarm clock for 4:00 a.m. rising.
The Yarmouth tradition was to have a nice glass of arak with ice after a hot day's work at the dig.
It was my first--and last--time to drink arak.
You never know what you're going to learn at a dig. :) It tastes quite good, actually.


MaR said...

Such an old site...what a great experience!! except for the early rise (just kidding!)
Interesting choice for Y!

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Robin said...

You really do the most interesting things. I'll pass on the arak though, it's been at least 20 years since I've tasted it and I'd be quite happy to wait another 20 before doing it again LOL.

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Gerald (SK14) said...

When I saw the title Yarmouth I wondered Isle of Wight or Norfolk but seemingly neither - yours is a very different Yarmouth - thanks for showing it to us.

Roger Owen Green said...

very inyeresting. wonder if i'd ever do this.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leif Hagen said...

It looks like a very fun, interesting, educational dig!

Wanda said...

What a great choice of pictures and captions for "Y"

Gayle said...

I always enjoy reading about places that are foreign to me. Thanks for such an interesting post.

Pietro Brosio said...

Nice post for Y! Surely it has been a great experience for you, Dina. But no sparkling mineral water to drink?... I need it, litres and litres!

VP said...

A very funny, and interesting reportage. Sometimes a human wall of shade would be quite useful!

RuneE said...

A bit of history is never amiss - give or take an arak or two...

Cheryl said...

What an adventurous soul you have. This looks like fun and lots of hard work. Thanks for sharing these shots of your dig.

spacedlaw said...

Doesn't arak taste of aniseed?

Kay said...

OOOoooooh! This was so much fun to see, Dina. I loved seeing the photos of you. That sounded like quite an experience.