November 17, 2019
Sincere congratulations to Joseph Patrich on the publication of a festschrift to be celebrated at Mt. Scopus on 2 January. I am quite honored to have made a small contribution to the publication.
September 1, 2019
Although I am posting this notice a bit after the fact, I am so thankful to Dr. Michael Dorner and (now Vicar) Rob Schrader for their help this season. We accomplished the tasks planned:
* a thorough cleaning of the site
* digital and photogrammatic documentation
* probes in two streets
We even finished a day early and were able to help Jess’s team with the cleaning and covering of the “Burnt Church.” For more about the discoveries there, see this link.
July 24, 2019
One of my goals for this study season has been to revisit each part of the NIP and spend time looking for details that I have not seen before. I finished that process today.
Here is an example of new learning. I knew there was a bench on the west wall in the room across from the entrance to the south aisle of the church. But I had never noticed before that the bench is in two parts. Apparently, more space was needed for whatever was stored there.
Little insights make for better understanding.
July 22, 2019
I worked by myself on the NIP today looking into a number of small questions. The blocked doorway from the north medial chamber to the north building is 60 cm above the floor in the chamber but 135 cm above the floor of the north building. I went looking for a threshold, but could not find one. The blockage sits on bedrock.
I have in my notes that there were brick pavers inside the north entrance on the east side of the north building. But I have no photo. These I was able to find. The brick paving continues under the bench on the east side of the room.
Other questions included a protrusion on the west side of the east wall of the House of Tyche in the southeast corner, the discovery of a small bench (likely a bed) in a rooms south of the church, and other little details.
I am pleased with what I see, when I have time to look.