Saturday, June 2, 2012

Day 2: Sepphoris, Nazareth, and Sachnah

Last night was a bit unusual as far as digs go.  It ended with a murder.  A murder mystery that is.  The last two hours before sleep took hold of us were filled with mystery, intrigue, and fictional crimes.  I was Sir Bates, a rich knight (definitely typecast) who had an illicit relationship with the recently deseased baroness.  I unfortunately blew all of my money on coca negra an addictive chocolate.  Faced with a life of poverty and despair, I turned to a life of crime.  A friend and I requested private audiences with individuals who were reported to be of a wealthier persuasion.  After luring them behind the bushes, we would push them down, take their money, and run.  Our strategy, though illegal, proved the most beneficial for we wound up the richest of all the guests.

But I digress.  Today we visited Sepphoris, Nazareth, and Sachnah.  We visited Sepphoris and Sachnah (also called Gan Ha'Sheloshah, meaning "garden of the three.")  I did not include any pictures of Sachnah last year so I added a few below.  It is a series of three natural pools and was a fantastic relief from the heat.

A waterfall between the first and second pools
The theatre at Sepphoris
Our area supervisor met with the the assistant square supervisors today to go over expectations.  I was glad to find out that I will be in one of our squares from last year, continuing where we left off.  Tomorrow is a set-up day on the site.  We will be carrying tons of equipment (literally tons) to the site about a fourth of a mile from where we will be dropped off.  We will then layout two new squares, which we will dig to the same depth of our previous two squares before continuing last years squares any further. Since we generally know what to expect, this should take no longer than 1-2 weeks.  

We will be waking up at 4 a.m. so we can catch the bus by 4:30 a.m. and begin setting up the site by 5 a.m.  With that being said, I am heading to bed.


P.S.:  Here is a video of a nefarious fowl that has woken a few of us up during the wee hours of the morning.  If I wake up before him tomorrow, I am going to try to pay him the same honor.