Your brush with archaeological fame

One of our regular commenters here, Dina, has a blog of her own: Jerusalem Hills Daily Photo.

It’s always a beautiful glimpse into the daily life of a city crammed to the gills with history, but now Dina is on an archaeological dig, so the daily photos take on a whole new historical resonance.

From one of my favorite entries so far:

Hope this won’t make anyone freak out, but my F words for today are femur, fibula, frontal bones, and funerary practices. Of Canaanites who were buried here on the outskirts of Jerusalem some 4,000 years ago.

Last week, to the excitement of all, we uncovered a skeleton in the burial cave I and three others were digging in. Here you can see the skull, arm bones, and ribs.

How exciting is that? I’ve linked to dig blogs before, but I didn’t know those folks so this is even cooler. Vai Dina vai! Sei tutti noi! :notworthy:


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Comment by Dina
2008-08-29 09:39:07

:blush: Being honored by the exalted Livius Drusus, my History Blog blogger hero?!? Beyond my wildest dreams! Just shows that Rome and Jerusalem can be friends after all these centuries.
Thank you, thank you. :hattip: (Does this look like an Indiana Jones hat?) I’ll dig extra hard to try to find things you will like.
Shalom shalom.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-29 10:21:26

:lol: It looks a little more like a tricorn hat, but it works for me.

Jerusalem and Rome, joined by bonds of friendship instead of slavery. Together we shall erase the stain of the Arch of Titus. :boogie:

Comment by Dina
2008-08-29 10:24:27

Sounds good!
Now if you could just return the menorah and the Temple holy vessels shown on the Arch of Titus . . .

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-29 10:27:19

Oh, erm… Well, see, there’s a wee problem with that. We kinda put them down somewhere and haven’t been able to find them in 2000 years.

I’m sure they’ll turn up. It’s always in the last place you look, donchaknow.

Comment by Dina
2008-08-29 12:01:47

Did you look down under the Vatican? :shifty:

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-29 12:21:54

I did, but all I found were papal crypts and albino monks flagellating themselves.

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Comment by Clutch
2008-08-29 10:29:18

Behind the couch cushions. Seriously, you have to shove your hand down in there without fear of hitting an old jelly sandwich. Your holy vessels could be right there.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-29 11:04:55

Well, I do have your holy vessel right here, but it ain’t a Menorah.

Comment by Dina
2008-08-29 12:03:07

Uh oh, I think I’m missing something, like modern slang?

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-29 12:21:09

“I’ve got your [potentially naughty-sounding noun] right here” is a standard template for a double-entendre retort.

In this case, it’s the “holy vessel” doing the dirty work. :evil:

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Comment by Hans
2008-08-29 11:11:48

How exiting! God I wish I was in Jerusalem with a trowel and a brush instead of pushing bureaucratic paper. Sigh.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-29 11:15:15

I hear you, my brother, although I suspect it’s hot as blazes. Am I right, Dina?

Comment by Dina
2008-08-29 12:00:55

Of course you are right. Today is 33 C/ 91 F degrees with some unusually high humidity of 50%. Has been in the low 30s like forever this summer. But our site is high on a hill so the breeze helps. And we have a net thing stretched overhead so it’s only semi-sun. I wear light colored cotton shirt with the reflective safety vest over, long pants, work boots, baseball cap covered with hardhat. I mean, I couldn’t wear any less, being the only female worker among 35 Muslim men. You just have to drink all the time to keep the headache and dehydration away. Not so bad.
It beats digging in the mud in the cold winter rain.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-29 12:24:00

OMG you’re the only woman?! I had no idea. You’re representing for the sisterhood of history nerds. :notworthy:

Comment by Hans
2008-08-29 13:14:10

Well it’s about 62 deg. farenheit out with a light wind off the north Pacific coming down from the Gulf of Alaska. I’ll send some your way. Just added Dina’s blog to my favorites and will keep up on Dina too. Thankslivius and Dina!

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-30 07:38:57

Oh wow. How neat is it that you’re having a conversation with someone on an archaeological dig baking in Jerusalem summer? I love the internets.

Thank you for your support, Hans. :thanks:

Comment by Dina
2008-08-30 08:18:28

Hi Hans, you seem to be in the right place, for the weather anyway. Maybe someday you’ll get the chance to come dig in Israel.

Comment by Kris
2008-08-30 00:11:49

So it’s full circle then, it was Dina’s blog that bought me here. And I’m enjoying both, by the way. Keep up the good work everyone!

Comment by livius drusus
2008-08-30 07:36:49

You’ve gotta love the circle of blogger life. Thank you for reading. :thanks:

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