Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Gezer 2015 – Day Two

Another day of prep work at Gezer.  We begin the real work tomorrow and we are excited to make progress clearing the tunnel.

This morning, the group put up additional shade clothes at the sifting trailer and in an area between the Canaanite gate and the supposed water system opening. Israeli archaeologist Eli Yannai, who serves as the pottery expert for the dig, will lead an investigation to see how the two areas relate to one another.  Later we lowered sandbags into the tunnel and used them to build steps leading to the bottom.

Just before lunch, we began filling a few bags of dirt from the bottom. We’ll pull these to various spots along the tunnel to serve as barriers to catch rocks and debris which could roll down the tunnel. Dr. Parker and Asi (the crane operator) spent a considerable amount of time today developing an new innovation to allow us to drag the bags over the freshly cleaned steps. More on the innovation in later posts.

After lunch, most of the team cleaned weeds and debris where Eli will be digging. It was hot work, but it was also a great time to learn about archaeology and ceramic analysis from an expert.

I’ll keep this post short because we have an early day tomorrow. The dig directors have called for a 5 a.m. start due to the high temperatures forecasted for tomorrow afternoon. We are expecting a high of 105.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Gezer 2015 - Day 1

Day One of the Gezer Water System Expedition was a long, hot day. The temperature reached 99 degrees and we all felt the strain. Not much to report today. In fact these three photos tell much about the day. We made a lot of sand bags. We cut a lot of weeds. We also set up our camp including a large shade cloth for our meetings and meals. More set up tomorrow. Hopefully we will start digging tomorrow as well. Looking forward to an exciting season.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Gezer Water System 2015 Dig

Gezer Water System Expedition
May 24 - June 11, 2015
Tel Gezer, Israel

THE PROJECT: Participate in the excavation of an ancient Canaanite water system at Tel Gezer in Israel.

DATES: May 24 - June 11, 2015. Volunteers should plan to arrive no later than May 22, and those working all three weeks should plan departures for June 12 or 13.

COST: $1800 for the 3-week season, or $600 per week (Extra days $100/day) + airfare. Costs cover room, board and weekend travel. Preference will be given to three-week participants. Participants are responsible for their own flights to and from Israel. The dig will arrange airport pickup.

WEEKEND TRAVEL: The expedition will arrange several field trips covering key areas of Israel. Weekend travel costs are included in the excavation pricing.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Volunteers will be housed in air-conditioned rooms at the Neve Shalom Guest House, with three to four persons per room.

ACADEMIC CREDIT: Undergraduate or graduate course credit for up to 6 semester hours is available. Additional tuition fees apply.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Dan Warner (dwarner@nobts.edu) or Dr. Dennis Cole (rdcole@nobts.edu)

Sponsored by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s
Moskau Institute of Archaeology/Center for Archaeological Research
and the Israel Nature and Park Authority