Thursday, June 2, 2011

Day 1-2: The Sea of Galilee and Our Site

My battery has nine percent battery left, so this will be a quick post about our time yesterday at the Sea of Galilee and our first day at the dig today.  Let me begin our discussion of the Sea of Galilee by saying I now understand why Jesus walked on it and Peter tried to--it is rocky and those rocks are sharp.  We spent a majority of our afternoon there swimming and lying around on rocks while we discussed our hopes and dreams for the upcoming dig.  It was a great time and very relaxing.

Today was our first official day on the dig.  I am still not over the jet lag and unfortunately woke up at 11:30 p.m. (I went to bed at 9 p.m.).  I then laid in bed until 4:30 a.m., when our room got up and we made our way to the bus by 5 a.m.  We arrived on the dig site and began work immediately.  I have been placed in a square that is digging a Roman/Byzantime village.  We spent our entire day clearing brush and then further clearing the top layer of soil.  It turns out that the temperature in northern Israel is much more mild than the temperature in southern Jordan.  The temperature has held to the 80s-90s, and even better, tomorrow, we are placing shade over our square.  My battery is about dead, I will post pictures and more details tomorrow, including all the nerdy information that I love to share.  Have a great day!