The closing of a dig can be a stressful endeavor. It involves a lot of dirt, a lot of packing heavy tools, and a lot of time in the sun. This year, however, the amount of stress was easily levied by the group of volunteers who pitched in to help. The two days of work were almost completed in one, which allowed time for a few antics and a bit more rest.
After arriving in Jerusalem yesterday morning, we settled at our hostel for a bit and then headed to the Israel Museum. No matter how many visits I will make to the museum, I am sure there will always be more to see. It is incredible standing before artifacts that, "changed the game" in the worlds of social sciences and archaeology. The feeling was no different this year.
The plans for today are to head to the market just down from our hostel with Shua and head to her family's house later tonight to again enjoy a generous invitation to a Shabbat meal