Guest post by Dr. Emily Hubbard

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.

  1. On average, 3 archaeologists can fit in a 1/2 metre2 test pit (note: small sample size suggests further research is required).
Grow your own archaeologist: dig hole, add water and voila!!

Grow your own archaeologist: dig hole, add water and voila!!

  1. Broken shovel handles are still valuable tools
From debutant to hard-core archaeologist and raising baseball star!

From debutant to hard-core archaeologist and raising baseball star!

  1. Surveying through field is preferable to surveying through thistles and spiders (this one surprised me too!).
“Seriously, it was a human sized spider” said BH.

“Seriously, it was a human sized spider” said BH.

  1. Morning yoga is essential to injury prevention.
triangle pose aka trowelnasana (right?)

triangle pose aka trowelnasana (right?)

  1. Always use the correct tools for the job.
“Are you sure the other crew needs ALL the tools, YR?!?!”

“Are you sure the other crew needs ALL the tools, YR?!?!”

  1. Test-pitting is all about team work.
“You’re doing great YR, keep up the good work!”

“You’re doing great YR, keep up the good work!”

  1. Archaeology is not for the faint of heart.
There’s no crying in archaeology!

There’s no crying in archaeology!

  1. You probably need to drink more water!
JB and BH demonstrate that staying hydrated is serious business.

JB and BH demonstrate that staying hydrated is serious business.

  1. When one transect ends, another begins….
No flag, no transect. That is the rule…that we just made up….

No flag, no transect. That is the rule…that we just made up….

  1. Um, I honestly don’t know what the lesson here is…….
ya, I’ve still got nothin’!

ya, I’ve still got nothin’!

Thanks to everyone for a great couple of weeks! Hope to see you next year?!

Screen Shot 2015-07-26 at 7.29.30 PM

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s