Liz Cannon writes:
Time is such a strange thing. Somehow it manages to move so slowly and so quickly all at the same time. How have four weeks passed by already? I can remember thinking after day number one that the amount of hard work, the early morning alarm buzzes, and all of the tiny unpleasantries about digging would surely drive me to illness or insanity. I didn’t think I could keep up the pace for an entire month.
Yet, here I sit in a beautiful garden in Even Yehuda, where I am staying for the weekend before moving to Jerusalem to attend Hebrew University, and I miss Megiddo.
The last day of excavation felt awfully strange. We spent the day articulating, defining balks, and sweeping everything in sight for the aerial photographs that would be taken on the last morning. It all sounds very normal considering that we had been doing that for the past several weeks, but this time I knew in the back of my mind that this was the last time I would be sweeping up dirt, articulating rock walls, and using our bulk tool “Kimmy” (basically, it’s just a pick-ax head). I find myself both tired and content, sad to leave and ready to go. I’ve finally learned how to identify rims, bases, bichrome, lamps, bowls, Cypriot (sometimes), cooking pots, and the like, but I feel like I’m just getting started.
As these things go, we stopped excavating right when Area H was about to get really interesting. Doron, a Tel Aviv student studying prehistoric archaeology, found a huge, intact storage pythos in the ground at E7 that must have been 30 centimeters tall. The mouth of the vessel was flush with the surface, which led Eran and Inbal to conclude that it must be standing on a floor surface, most likely of H-11. This means that just under our feet could be a milieu of fantastic pottery pieces and other beautiful items. This was the same square where Jane found the small Egyptian ankh. However, as it happens, we will have to wait until next season to harvest all of those amazing items that we know are right there, just below the surface.
Two years seems so far away to me. Will I be finishing my master’s program in time for Megiddo 2010? Will I have the funds to attend the dig? I will have to wait for those answers as I busy myself with other experiences and as I contemplate archaeology as a career. It truly only takes one dig to get a person hooked. I have so much more to learn about the Iron and Bronze Ages so that I can return to Megiddo ready and prepared to put that knowledge to use and to gain more.
I can’t wait to return.