July 1, 20080
Feel free to sing along!
July 1, 20080
The following was received for consideration by the director of the Northeast Church Project at Hippos:
From These Hosers to Y’all
Whereas there are no less than 8 Canadians among those at the 2008 Hippos-Sussita dig;
Whereas July 1st is a mandatory and statutory holiday;
Whereas Canada Day celebrates such goodly and Christian things like: good government, good order, good beer and good hockey;
Whereas Canada Day celebrates the creation of the peaceful, true, north strong and free dominion of Canada, member of the British Commonwealth, by the Father’s of Confederation, not with musket and bayonet, but with a case of Scotch and an act of British Parliament;
Whereas Canadians everywhere, under the authority of our sovereign Queen Elizabeth II, must submit to the laws of the Dominion;
Whereas the Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that Canada has been founded “By the rule of law and under the authority of God,” marking it as a nation that serves the will of our creator and Lord;
Whereas this good assembly seeks only to serve the will of God;
Whereas the Americans among us will be free to celebrate their National Holiday with a day off in Jerusalem;
We the undersigned do humbly request leave for tomorrow in order to celebrate our nation’s day, in the traditional manner: beer, lounging around, shopping, singing our national anthem and the most hallowed poking fun at our neighbors to the south.
Michael J. Fox
June 30, 20080
The Concordia team continues its tradition of recovering interesting and stunningly beautiful finds. Team member Darryl Schmidt recovered this Byzantine glass pendant of a lion from the destruction fill in square D5. We are currently researching its significance. This is but one example of the excellent work being done by Concordia volunteers from Canada and the USA.
June 29, 20080
The first day on the dig is a day to get organized. With so many volunteers it seemed chaotic to me–pulling weeds, setting up screens, marking out squares, scrounging for tools. I am very thankful for veteran volunteers who help make the work possible and keep some order amidst the seeming chaos.
Still interesting things are happening. Ian discovered a coin. A wall seems to be emerging where we expected it in E8. And we are about ready to uncover the beautiful mosaic in B0.
Tomorrow we have the first full day of digging (and pottery washing). What will the site yield?
June 27, 20080
Today, Saturday, is an orientation and tour day. We will spend the morning up at Sussita, learning about the site and discussing the work that begins tomorrow.
From Sussita, we will then head north to visit several Christian sites: Kursi (commemorating the casting of the demons into the swine), Capernaum (home base of the ministry of Jesus), Heptapegon (commemorating the feeding of the five thousand), and then the modern site commemorating the Sermon on the Mount. Should time permit, we will also visit Tiberias, as we complete the circumnavigation of the lake.
These sites have spiritual importance for Christians, and they also give participants a glimpse of the Byzantine archaeology they will be uncovering.