A night and a day and a night …

If you are ever traveling in Africa, and one of the options includes a stopover in Addis Ababa, seriously consider choosing another one. For all the romance and excitement of travel, there are also frustrations, inconveniences, and just plain hard work. If...

It’s all about the pottery

Well, not really¬†all. There are other important things, too, like architecture seen in walls or beaten floors, artifacts that suggest wealth or poverty, carbonized seeds, city planning, and radiocarbon dating — but in the field, if you want to know where you are...

Odds and ends

Nearing the end of our three weeks with the Fourth Expedition to Lachish, here are a few notes on aspects that are different, if not odd. Being not tourists, but the attraction. Lachish is not on most tour itineraries, but from one to three groups come through most...

Articulating rocks

Normally, when I think of articulation, it relates to speech. Some people are more articulate than others, better able to speak clearly and descriptively. The word can also apply to other fields in which the issue is creating a better definition, and that’s what...

Necessities

A few miscellaneous thoughts as we depart from a refreshing weekend at the terrific Ramat Rachel Hotel in Jerusalem, and returning to the Fourth Expedition to Lachish. Yesterday was the fourth of July, but we had to be reminded of it. One loses track of time on a dig,...