Two Weeks of Digging

My two weeks of digging at Khirbet al-Ra’i are complete and I am back home. It was a very busy time full of hard work.  I am a bit tired and sore, but had a good time with lots of memories of the people that I worked with.

Today I have been decompressing from the trip. I did get a few loads of laundry done and also spent time connecting with people I met on the dig through social media.

Khirbet al-Ra’i, archaeology, israel, digSince I am tired, I will share just a few pictures from the last day of the dig.

As usual we arrived before the sun came up. As I walked up the last part of the hill the sunshades had not yet been put up and they were silhouetted against the sky.

Khirbet al-Ra’i, archaeology, israel, digWe were soon working on a special project to clean up Area B where we had not dug this year. We had to make sure it will be presentable for the overhead pictures next week.Khirbet al-Ra’i, archaeology, israel, digIt was good to get the hard work of clearing vegetation out of the way before the sun came up. Since we were on the edge of the hill we had a great view down into the Lachish Valley as the sun came up.

Khirbet al-Ra’i, archaeology, israel, digWe were soon busy back in Area D finishing up the projects for the week. The site looks a lot different than what it did two weeks ago. One of the biggest differences was that all the balks were taken down so we could safely dig deeper.

Khirbet al-Ra’i, archaeology, israel, digThis was one of the last pictures that I took. You can see the walls much clearer with the balks removed.

I am looking forward to seeing pictures from next week when they have wrapped up the dig for the year.

Now for some sleep.



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3 Responses to Two Weeks of Digging

  1. Norman Fultz says:

    Steve, enjoyed your account, Also just read Ferrell Jenkins’ post about the site being identified as Ziklag. Complementary. Both, most interesting. Norman

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