Hello once more friends.
This is Larry for my final and fashionably late blog post. As I’m writing this, I am sitting back home in the USA and my thoughts are filled with reflections of my past month. Not only was everything I did in the past month an incredibly fun experience, but it was also metamorphic. The adventures and experiences were a cocoon that changed me at least slightly. I realized a lot about not only myself, but also a culture that seems a world away. I was able to see the effects of war being a constant threat and then I was also able to see a bustling city full of people who are idealistically different, but continue to live in relative harmony. One observation that added to my change was the realization that all the people who we may see as radicals or absurdly pious are real people as well. The holy men that tend to the Holy Sepulchre, the Hasidic Jews praying at the Western Wall with more intensity than I had seen in a long time, the Muslim women that are out shopping with their family covered head to toe in clothing are all humans. I realized that many of us often forget this important fact.
Reflection number two is more related to my personal academic career. This experience has completely solidified my desire to pursue archaeology. While it may seem that my options are limited, I have seen that the options are there as long as I am willing to work incredibly hard for them.
As we put the finishing touches on our square (J17 if you had forgotten) I felt a sense of pride from the work that we had done and the knowledge we had contributed to the dig overall. While filling in some of the probes we dug or covering the floor we worked hard to uncover is bittersweet, I can say without a doubt that I have a sense of accomplishment that is well deserved. The days may have been hot and the gnats may have been brutal, but every single other positive aspect outweighed the bad. I know for sure that I’ll miss the view from the site. I can’t wait until next summer when I make my return to Omrit.
Until the next time.
This is Larry signing off.