Welcome back to the blog, Sarah here again to tell you about my experience here in Israel. Over the past few weeks, I have found myself going through a whirlwind of adventures which have tested both my body and spirit. I have learned, like Zak, that archaeology is not for the weak willed. Many a time my body has felt like it was going to collapse from exhaustion, as many others here have also experienced. I am so proud of everyone here for being able to stick through the season and make such amazing progress.
With the end of the season here, we have been cutting down on our excursions. The two most recent were going to Gamla on Saturday and Megiddo on Sunday.
The trip to Gamla was awe-inspiring. Erin gave us a good overview of Gamla, so I won’t spend too much time on that, but here are some pictures to give you a sense of the trip from my eyes.
Megiddo on Sunday was a trip that very much excited me for I have learned about Megiddo in a class and to be able to see it in person was amazing. While having a mini-lecture on the history of Megiddo from one f the co-Directors, we learned that Megiddo is actually the place of Armageddon which I found to be fascinating. Also we were told that, because Megiddo has been a key crossroads area in Israel, there are about 20 different level of civilizations built one on top of the other all on this mound. Also being able to see the work in progress around us was very interesting for it showed just how other archaeological groups worked on their sites.
Along with these sites, I have had the chance to spend some time in the bunker with some of the staff helping them out and learning valuable skills along the way. Whether it be organizing artifacts, scanning in pottery reading documents, or merely unfolding boxes, my time in the bunker has been some of my favorite, for it is somewhat similar to what I plan on doing in my goal of working in a museum!
All in all my adventure here at Israel has been one that I will never forget. I have made friends, had fun, and best of all learned so many more bits of information that I am truly grateful for. I have found a new appreciation for hard labor and learned that having to wear sun block is not the end of the world.