Monday, May 31, 2010

Leaving in 5 days!!

I wanted to write a little bit more about what we are doing this year that is so different from last year.
This year we will be participating in survey archaeology instead of excavation. We will be attempting to see how past civilizations lived and how they used the land they lived and traveled on. Survey archaeology aims to find what remains on the surface or installations in the land surrounding the city. If you think about it a lot of the industrial processes of the city are normally outside and apart from the residential area. We hope to find cisterns, wine presses, tombs, boundary stones and maybe some trade routes.
The method we will be using to cover the most land resembles that of Search and Rescue. We will cover most of the land by field walking. We are divided into 4 teams of 4 main people with two leaders who are overseeing all four teams. The field is split into transects which each team member will use as a directional line to walk.
There is a lot of documentation and and processing surface finds involved as well. We are going to be trained more when we get there.
Right now my biggest concerns are that we have to wear pants which means it will be really hot, we have to wear gators which means it will be thick brush with lots of snakes I am sure, and we won't be digging in one spot which means we won't be under a shadecloth so we have stocked up on sunscreen!!!!!!!

We fly out on Saturday from Pensacola, then to Atlanta and then straight to Tel Aviv. If you think of us during that time please pray for safety and good sleep on the plane (yeah right). Last year we had a whole weekend to get over our jet lag ( which we neede). This year we get there Sunday at dinner and head out the next day at 4:30!!!!!

Adoption update--looks like we will be certified in July!!! Can't wait to get our kiddos!!

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