Last set of photos from Tel Kabri 2009

31 07 2009

EHC Eric Cline writes:

The 2009 season at Tel Kabri is now over and we wish to extend our thanks and gratitude to all participants for a fabulous season!  For photos from July 27 to 30, including the final party and team photos from the second session, please click on the following links:

July 27:

July 28:

July 29:

July 30:


Who Knew I’d Miss Bucket Lines?

25 07 2009

Phil Karash Phil Karash (from the first session) writes:

It’s been two weeks since I left Israel. I’ve finally stopped waking up before sunrise. All the dirt is gone from beneath my nails. No more pick axing at dawn. No more wheel barrowing or seemingly endless bucket lines in the scalding late morning sun. No need to have ibuprofen with breakfast to take away the aches of the previous day…

And I miss it all more than I could have imagined. As I’ve looked at the pictures coming out of the second session, I wish I was back on the tel, picking up pottery and buckets for hours on end. Kabri was a place where I was able to reconnect with old friends and make brand new ones. I never thought I’d end up in the Holy Land, getting slightly lost in Jerusalem in a rental car, helping find a plaster floor in a few thousand year old structure, or eat hummus on the side of the Mediterranean with a great group of people.

When I first arrived in Israel I never thought I’d want to go back, but now the idea of spending part of next year at Megiddo sounds extremely enticing. We’ll see where the next year takes me…

Tel Kabri photos from July 19-23

24 07 2009

EHC Eric Cline writes:

For photos from July 19 to 23, click on the following links:

July 19:

July 20:

July 21:

July 22:

July 23:

New photos by Mark Abbott:

More Dig Photos Links, by a Pro

18 07 2009

EHC Eric Cline writes:

For more pictures, by a professional this time, check out the following links to Mark Abbott’s photos of Week 4 at Tel Kabri 2009:

Dig Photo Links

16 07 2009

EHC Eric Cline writes:

For those wondering where all the photographs are, the dig photos are all posted on Facebook in albums which are available for all to see; just click on the links below:

June 19 and 20:

June 21:

June 22:

June 23:

June 24:

June 25:

June 28:

June 29:

June 30:

July 1:

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July 16:

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

15 07 2009

Chris Stevenson2 Chris Stevenson writes:

So there I was, crammed tightly in a 747 as I landed in Tel Aviv. As I entered the airport I couldn’t help staring at a large BMW advertisement written in Hebrew; at this moment I realized,
“Wow, I’m really here. Crap.” I replayed the email conversations
I had had with Helena Tomas, a professor at University of Zagreb,
Croatia, and one of the senior staff at Kabri. Because she, her two
students, and I were all arriving after the bus had already left the
airport, we planned to rendezvous at a café and head up to the kibbutz together. After traveling for over eighteen hours straight, one can find oneself rather delirious (as I’m sure many of you can imagine), and as soon as I couldn’t locate Professor Tomas I began to panic. Not speaking a word of Hebrew and being generally confused, I searched back and forth through the arrivals, to no avail. I had contemplated buying a train ticket and simply leaving by myself until I gave one last glance for Professor Tomas…and sure enough, there they were,
hanging out in front of a café. I met them with much relief and we continued our journey via train and then an awkward taxi ride to the kibbutz.

Now, after two days of digging, I, along with all the other students, have become acclimated to our new schedule of digging, eating, taking notes, and sleeping. I know more about archaeology than I’ve ever known (since Kabri is my first dig), and I am overall thrilled to have such an interesting and stimulating experience with fellow anthropology students. I look forward to the progress we will make as well as learning the ropes of being in the field. Go Kabri!

You know you’re a Kabri archaeologist when…

13 07 2009

Jillian Mallis Jillian Mallis writes:

You know you’re a Kabri archaeologist when…

1. a reference to a Marshalltown no longer means a town in Pennsylvania you’ve never heard of.

2. the water in the shower turns brown from dirt

3. staring at a wall is exciting beyond words

4. you are prepared to be taken

5. you look like a peeing dog while trying to get the dirt out of your shoe

6. you can use the sun to tell the time

7. you can’t tell the difference between a tan line or a “dirt line”

8. you can’t tell if someone has poured a bottle of water on your head or if you are simply sweating

9. you projectile sweat

10. you stick things in your mouth just to see what they are