Beneath Our Feet

Sara Belkin writes:

One of the many things I think is so wonderful and magical about digging, is the unknown. Only a few centimeters below your feet, on dirt that you may have walked over a thousand times, may be a beautiful juglet, or a wall of a Early Bronze Age temple, or maybe a tablet that has an inscription that describes what exactly the burnt destruction is in Stratum VIA — ­ whether it was an earthquake or an enemy, or maybe both, that completely destroyed Late Bronze Age Megiddo. Today, down in Lower J, we are now digging a small 2 m by 2 m square that most likely contains the remains of the EB Ib wall that was connected to the temple that lies just above us. At one point during the day, I stood up, patish in hand, and incredously thought out loud, just how cool it was that only a meter below us we will soon see this wall. But, you cannot even begin to look at our square and know that a wall is somewhere beneath our feet. But, it is there, and that is what I love about archaeology ­ the unknown of what is beneath your feet. Every day, hour, and second on Megiddo we are standing on thousands of years of life. But, it is only through our actions, albeit sweaty and tiring actions, that we are able to bring those past lives to the present. This thought got me through today, where we packed hundreds of buckets full of dirt and rocks, so that in a few days we will be able to expose this Early Bronze Age wall and bring the past to the present.

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