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 21, 2019
Today formal excavation ended for the Northeast Insula Project. We covered the floor of the portico by the fountain and we filled in the probe at the north end of the portico of the church.
This project began in 2002. I am now done digging. I am thankful to Arthur Segal, Michael Eisenberg, and all the good people from the University of Haifa for giving me the opportunity to execute this project.
During the rest of this week, I will spend my time at the site looking carefully again at a number of problem areas, seeking to understand what I do not yet.