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Re: [ANE-2] Re: excavation of tombs in Jerusalem

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  • Eliot Braun
    David was the best worker anyone ever had. I remember. Sorry I don t have the reference. Eliot Braun ... From: dastacey62 To: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com Sent:
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      David was the best worker anyone ever had. I remember. Sorry I don't have the reference.

      Eliot Braun

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      From: dastacey62
      To: ANE-2@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 8:20 PM
      Subject: [ANE-2] Re: excavation of tombs in Jerusalem


      Eliot you may remember that I was one of those working with Kloner
      and Gat on the excavation of the several tombs that were stumbled on
      during the development of East Talpiot (though not the
      notorious "Jesus" tomb). Some days we had to scurry from site to site
      as bulldozers crashed into yet another tomb. We also had to keep our
      eyes on the second- temple period aqueduct that brought water from
      Bethlehem to Jerusalem. Of particular interest to us at the time were
      a pair of shaft tombs similar to those at Qumran. Amos did publish
      these - in Atiqot?? - but I've lost the reference. Do you or anyone
      else have it??
      Dr David Stacey
      independent scholar, UK

      Generally the Dept could scrape up salaries for 2 to 3 workers, no
      more, so the archaeologist had to do all the rest, and at the spur of
      the moment. We didn't have gangs of workmen waiting for the call.
      Usually a call came in late Sat night and you had to get up early and
      organize tools, perhaps pick up a worker or two and be on site by
      daylight to prevent looters from entering. There were also no guards
      available. There was no backup except from colleagues. Compare it to
      seat of the pants flying.






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