Re: [ANE-2] Re: excavation of tombs in Jerusalem
- David was the best worker anyone ever had. I remember. Sorry I don't have the reference.
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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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