Early Morning at the Dig

The day starts very early on a dig with alarms set for a little after 4:00am so that you can be on the bus by 4:40.

You definitely want to be at the dig site early so you can work during the cooler morning hours.

Tel Lachish, Archaeological Dig, Early Morning Wake Up

In the picture above you can see the dig participants waiting for the bus.

Dig Bus, Early Morning, Tel Lachish, Archaeology

The bus finally arrives and it is time to get loaded and head toward the tel.

The first few mornings there was a lot of talk on the bus, but as the week has progressed it has become quieter and quieter.

Tel Lachish, Archaeology, Archaeologic Dig

Once we get to the tel, we unload close to the ramp up to the main gate of Lachish. However, we head up around the side of the tel toward our dig site which is on the opposite corner of the tel.

It is a very long uphill walk in the morning.

Sunrise, Tel Lachish, Israel, Archaeological Dig

However, we are usually rewarded with a beautiful sunrise as we get near the top of the tel.

Tel Lachish, Archaeological Dig, Equipment Shed, Morning at the dig

Once we get to the top it is then a short downhill walk toward our dig site. In this picture you can see an overview of the area and people starting to line up at the equipment shed.

Archaeological Dig, Tel Lachish, wheelbarrow, Tools, Picks, Trowels

We then fill up our wheelbarrow with the tools that we will need for the day and take them to our squares. Then the work really begins.

Keep tuned for more about what goes on during the day at a dig.

Unfortunately the wifi is still not available in our rooms, so I still have to sit outside and fight the mosquitoes. I will try and post tomorrow, but it will be another very long day so may not be able to get one done.

Steven

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7 Responses to Early Morning at the Dig

  1. Uncle Spike says:

    Interesting series Stephen – enjoy your hard work in the sun!

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