After the Dig

This week has been pretty low key. After I got back from the Khirbet ‘Auja dig, I spent the weekend resting. Digging is fun, but it sure makes my muscles sore and achy.

When we were on the dig, we washed the pottery that we found each day, but everybody left before we had a chance to wash the pottery from the last day. I’ve been taking it to my apartment one pailful at a time and washing it. My dish rack works great for letting the pottery dry.

Other highlights of the week included laundry, grocery shopping, and cleaning. I also had a lot of emails waiting for me when I got back, so I’ve been working on answering those, as well. I have also spent a lot of time this week running errands that really shouldn’t have taken much time at all.

It seems like everything I try to do takes longer here. I’m not sure if it’s just a slower-paced culture or if it’s entirely due to the fact that I’m a foreigner. Things that only take a few minutes at home can take hours here. For example, I had two drawings that I wanted to scan. One was a map of the area that I am focussing on for my PhD, and the other was a plan of the Mount Ebal site.

All I wanted to do was scan them onto my computer. But first, I had to find a scanner. I wandered around campus until I found a room full of copiers. That looked promising, but they required a password to work. I stood in line at a nearby counter. When it was my turn, the lady informed me she was not in charge of the copiers. I probably would have known that if I had read the sign above her desk, but it was in Hebrew, which I still can’t read well. She directed me to a different desk. There was nobody at that desk. I waited. Finally someone showed up. He assured me that if I wanted to make copies or print from my computer, I was in the right place. But scan a paper onto my computer? No, I couldn’t do that. He directed me to the library.

My (scanned) map. Now I just need to add the sites.

I waited in line at the library desk. When it was my turn, I discovered that the librarian on duty did not speak English. I found a helpful student to translate. The librarian suggested that I use a scanner app on my phone. I explained through the translator that I needed nice files with no shadows. She tried to send me back to the copy center, but I explained that I had already been there and that they hadn’t been able to help me. The librarian asked me to wait until her coworker came on duty. I waited. The coworker didn’t speak English, either, but she took my email address and my drawings and motioned for me to wait. She disappeared into the back room. I waited. Finally she returned with my drawings. She motioned for me to check my email, and I found the scanned PDF’s there.

I had hoped to accomplish two goals: to scan the drawings and to learn for future reference where and how to scan documents. I accomplished the first goal, although it took me an hour and a half. I didn’t accomplish the second goal, though. I’m pretty sure that the librarian scanned them as a favor, not as a regular library service. If I catch her when she’s not busy, I might be able to get her to scan more documents for me in the future, but it’s not certain. My final conclusion? I should probably just buy a scanner.

2 responses to “After the Dig”

  1. Hello! I have wanted to email you for several weeks and respond to your emails but I have been busy as well. Maybe turning off the tv and the Olympics and football would help. What a waste of our time that is but it is entertainment. I love your pottery drying rack! I have used something similar for my art panels too. So do you need a scanner? I have thought about that for when I am there and doing the drawings that I do if that is still needed. I just thought it would be so much easier to scan them there and put them on a thumb drive or you can load them into a cloud program so all can have it then. If you think this is a good idea I will contribute the funds for you to buy one. You can use it for yourself when we aren’t over there. Will that help? I don’t know what that would cost but it shouldn’t be too bad for one that would work for us and for you and not a commercial one. Let me know what you think. Also is there an account to get funds to you for this or for any gift for you when the Lord urges or you need some? If so it might be good to let us know. Don’t be shy. I am shy like you but maybe the Lord wants us to not just make our needs known but also a way to help. I certainly have enjoyed your letters and my heart just went out to you on your rainy walk and tea time in Jerusalem. I think we all cried with you who read that. I am planning on coming for the 4 weeks of the dig. Steven called me this morning as he was driving to his daughter’s and said he was coming for 5 weeks. He is staying for the restoration week. I should talk to Scott and see if he needs more to help there. I don’t know how hard that would be for me but the mind is willing. LOL! Well i will be seeing you in a little over 3 months! I am running out of time! The Lord is busy in my teaching of art area. And I have to get my taxes done as well! Have a great week and I look forward to hearing from you. I have an art opening tonight so I need to get ready for that! Love you sweet archaeologist friend!!!! I am so proud of you!!!! Melody

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    • Hi Melody,
      Thank you so much for your kind words. It is always a joy to hear from you. ABR actually already has a printer/scanner, and you are welcome to use it to scan your object drawings. I have thought about borrowing it, and I think that Scott would allow me to do so. The problem would be transporting it from Jerusalem to Ariel via the bus system. In response to your question about donations in general, I recently set up a donation tab on this blog. You should be able to access it via the homepage. I am so glad that you are coming for all four weeks. You should check with Scott about staying for the restoration week. I’m sure that your help would be greatly appreciated. I’m so excited to see you again in only a few short months. I hope that your art exhibit goes well. You are very talented.


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