Wednesday, June 5, 2013

June 5: A Picture says a Thousand Words – Update 8

By Gary D. Myers

They say that a picture says a thousand words, so instead of typing a lot of words, here are “four thousand words” to start today’s post.

Cleaning the Causeway
MacAlister's Causeway
Probe 2 in the Cavern
Paulette at the wall

Today the team continued to work on the three causeway probes. By lunchtime, most of the causeway stones had been cleared and the team began digging. Soon they were finding lots of datable pottery. More on that in tomorrow.

Important Visit
Yesterday was a very important day for the Gezer Water System dig. Shaul Goldstein, General Director of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, toured the Gezer site with Tsvika Tsuk and the NOBTS dig leaders. The tour finale was a trip into the impressive water system. Goldstein seemed impressed with the site and the work being done there. We are grateful that he took time to visit us at Gezer and we are grateful to Tsvika Tsuk for facilitating such an important visit.

Two Items in honor of the Conservation Team
Larry and Paulette are working tirelessly on conservation of the Bronze Age walls. It is a tedious job that requires much attention to detail. As I think about their work, Robert Frost and Ecclesiastes come to mind.

Excerpt from Mending Wall by Robert Frost
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
And spills the upper boulders in the sun,
And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
The work of hunters is another thing:
I have come after them and made repair
Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
No one has seen them made or heard them made,
But at spring mending-time we find them there.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-5
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

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