GUEST BLOG: EH leaves us for Tel Tsaf and below are her notes on GPP2015.
This summer, my Israel dig itinerary was empty during the first two weeks of the GPP survey this year. I weighed up my options:
The choice was obvious…but I opted to join the GPP survey anyway! It was my first time doing field survey and test pitting, so I looked forward to learning new and exciting skills! With a great team and fabulous leadership we embarked on a truly memorable adventure. In a stroke of inspired unoriginality, I have decided to share with you some of the lessons I learned during my two week stint.
- On average, 3 archaeologists can fit in a 1/2 metre2 test pit (note: small sample size suggests further research is required).
- Broken shovel handles are still valuable tools
- Surveying through field is preferable to surveying through thistles and spiders (this one surprised me too!).
- Morning yoga is essential to injury prevention.
- Always use the correct tools for the job.
- Test-pitting is all about team work.
- Archaeology is not for the faint of heart.
- You probably need to drink more water!
- When one transect ends, another begins….
- Um, I honestly don’t know what the lesson here is…….
Thanks to everyone for a great couple of weeks! Hope to see you next year?!