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Excavating Apollonia/Arsuf (Phoenicians to Crusaders and what's in between) my work for this month

Discussion in 'Travel' started by Caladan, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. Caladan

    Caladan Agnostic Pantheist

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    I'm taking part in an excavation in this beautiful place, perhaps some of you have studied the battle of the minds between Saladin and Richard Lionheart, in which the battle of Arsuf was a highlight in this chess game between the two epic leaders.
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    A scorched gate from the fire of the battle of the Crusaders and the Muslims:

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    This one was taken during a former trip I made to the place during spring time:


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    Pottery.. (Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine...)

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    Catapult missiles...


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    IAF Blackhawk over the beach..

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    Herr Dr making ready the dumpy level:


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    Me playing in the sand box :D

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    My chest!

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    Some know how to take advantage of this cool place:

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    Ruins of the Crusaders port:


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    Getting home and making ready my new baby for a session of deep relaxation


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    Starting to unearth mosaics:

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    a chunk of raw glass from an ancient furnace:

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    Paragliding over Apollonia:

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    Samaritan lamp, you can see the seven-branched candelabrum symbol imprinted on it:


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    Amazing photos!!!
    You are very lucky to be able to experience history first hand.
    Keep us updated!
     
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    "Gaza ware" jug shards:


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    Cool dig!

    I don't want you to think less of me for this question but have you or any of the team run across any weaponry in the dig?

    I've been fascinated by Saladin and Richards conflict by the posited respect the two men had for each other during their conflicts.

    Also, is this your job or are you on a volunteer basis with this dig?

    In any event I envy you right now.
     
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    Actually, we have only recently opened an area which is basically a Crusaders watch tower atop the trench, and we are expecting many finds of the battle, in previous excavations in the place, thousands of arrow heads and ancient grenades were found. I'm hoping that in a few days I could post some interesting artifacts in that regard, so stay tuned if you're interested!

    about Saladin and Richard Lionheart, there is a big group of Brits who wish to relive the battle of Arsuf here, also there is a local group of Israelis who specialize in reliving historical battles and events, one of them came to our excavations today to get some impression.

    As for volunteering...No, I actually get paid to do this! thats the beauty of it!! haha.


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    Clearing the mosaics of the ancient Samaritan synagogue:

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    This guy who's dressed like he just came out of feudal Europe works for a place that specializes in historical fetishes so to speak, they are thinking of recreating the battles that took place on the site.:

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    Checking out a Samaritan synagogue inscription dedicated to the 'One God':


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    Myself and Lee, a friend from my department who's just about to finish her Master's:

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    Lizzy climbing the trench:
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    Beautiful early Arab lamp:

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    Me, and the Med in the background.

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    A few more photos of the mosaics, although it is not as impressive as a fully colored mosaic, and in a way it looks as an 'industrial' mosaic, there is an interesting Samaritan inscription on it in Greek, dedicated to the 'One God'. although its hard to decipher the entire inscription, you can get a glimpse of part of it in the second photo.

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    This is how we do it :cool:
    myself and the guys chilling with some cold beer on an extra hot day of diggin' in the Crusaders area of the excavation.

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