The 2013 season of the Gezer Water System Expedition sponsored by New Orleans Baptist Theological eminary and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority has begun. This first update will be very brief – not even worthy of being called Update One. Instead we’ll call this Update .5. It is short, first and foremost, due to the fact that today was a set up day at the dig site. The first timers spent over an hour touring Tel Gezer while those who had been before retrieved items from the storage unit near the tel. We moved chairs, tables, tools, buckets, shade cloth, and many other items to the base tent. Then, as the tour group finished, everyone began the task of installing the safety measures – catch fences and sand bags (lots of sand bags) – on the fences and paths leading to the mouth of the water system. After lunch, set up continued inside and outside the tunnel. And more set up awaits us tomorrow.
One exciting development of this year’s dig is that our team will participate in conservation work on sections of the Bronze Age, Canaanite gate complex and walls near the mouth of the water system (see photo). Conservation work began today. Look for more information on this conservation work in a later blog.
Another reason the blog is short is due to the serious case of jet lag the blog’s author is experiencing. My flight arrived at 5 p.m. May 25 and we were headed to the dig site this morning at 6 a.m. Any typos you see here probably have little to do with jet lag, but I will blame those on my tired eyes and aching head.
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Hopefully tomorrow will bring more news. Until then … shalom.