After 3 days of working primarily with a wheelbarrow, I got to return to a job requiring a bit more finesse – excavating an ancient city drain channel. This task may seem dubious when one contemplates what flowed through an ancient drain in the absence of an indoor plumbing system. But a drain may yield a good bit of evidence that can reveal the inhabitants’ lifestyle and diet, and provide samples for Carbon-14 dating.
For the record, today’s work revealed a fair amount of ancient pottery (broken in pieces), various animal bones large and small, and 3 olive pits for C-14 dating. We’ll excavate more of it tomorrow, anticipating much more of the same. But there always remains the possibility of an unexpected find… which would be especially nice since National Geographic is here right now to produce print and video on our excavation.