Monday, May 25, 2009

Blog #3

Tel Gezer

Tel Gezer is a national monument and a park. It is believed to be one of the most occupied cities and we are excavating parts that were built during Solomons reign,during Iron Age II (965 BC)
We have to walk in approved paths up to the excavation area, which apparently is a small mountain. The site is surrounded by agricultural fields.
We will be assigned either Field A or B on our first dig day. Within our field there will be a square supervisor and from there we will be in small teams from 4 to 5 people.
I will be assisting in the dig but also helping to distinguish between different parts of pottery and sketching our finds.
Thats as much as I can say without being there and learning.

Other interesting facts...we are on GMT +3 listed on the blog.

There are 7.28 million people in Israel.
80.1% are Jewish, Europe/Americas-born 32.1%, Israel born 20.8%, Africa-born 14.6%, Asia-born 12.6% and non-Jewish, who are mostly Arab 19.9%

Capitol-Jerusalem even though most foreign embassies are based in Tel Aviv.

Israel is bordered by Lebanon and the Syrian Arab Republic to the north, Jordan and the West Bank to the east and Egypt to the south. Gasa, a small strip between Israel and Egypt is claimed by the Palestine National Authority but is currently under de facto rule by militant group Hamas.

Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages. Hebrew is the first language of about two thirds of population though.

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