Updated: Jul 8, 2019
Apologies for the delay in posting. We only worked until mid-morning today and then drove to Jerusalem, returning to Migdal very late and making a FB post impossible. I have been playing catch up since then. Some of the pictures today are courtesy of Zachary Wong who is leading a group from Hong Kong on the dig. The first couple of pictures of the Jordan River and aerial photos are with his drone. They provide a nice perspective on the physical context for our excavation. This is particularly true for the main excavation "Area A." I have marked on the photo squares A5 and B5 (in Area A) begun at the outset of the season. Squares A6 and B6 are under the floor of the previous Ottoman house and are being opened towards the end of the season. It is hard to believe that for the first two seasons, excavation was limited to 4 squares (Area A Squares A1-4).Tremendous progress is being realized with lots of information. Today another piece of the marble chancel screen was uncovered in the morning. In A5 we continue to dig and find lots of coins on the stone pavement. Dan Machiela and his family discovered what I think are some of the more interesting finds of the day. Below the long 30 meter Byzantine wall they uncovered a Roman period wall with three rounded edged stones that served as a threshold. Could this have been the entrance to the Roman bath? They also found the handle of an early Galilean cooking pot and most remarkable a piece of colored marble that belonged to a Roman period "opus sectile" paved floor found in luxurious homes and installations in this land in the Roman period. In Area C (100 meters/yards to the north) they continue to make good progress with all of the pottery and coins being from the first to third centuries CE. After our "second breakfast" at the excavation site, the Notley clan drove to Jerusalem to see the Marc Chagall stain glass windows at the Ein Kerem Hospital where Kathryn was born. We spent the remainder of the day wandering the streets of Jerusalem, ending with a lovely meal on the roof of the Notre Dame Center overlooking the walls of the Old City.