Everything went off without a hitch this morning in large part because jet lag had everyone up bright and early. Once in the field a lot of progress was made. Josh reports that Grid 38 will be digging tomorrow which is great. Almost as great as having Wylie back in the field in fact! In Grid 51, Kate tells me another half day or so of cleaning and then they too will be digging. Melissa our dig photographer took pictures of both those grids which I should have soon. I will be sure to post them as soon as I have them in hand. And in the very new Grid 44, we had a very successful day. We brought in some heavy machinery to clear off the agricultural overburden and just about a meter down we started hitting walls, one of which you can see Shimi cleaning.
The grids weren't the only areas in action today. The pottery compound was hopping as Jessica, our registrar, worked on getting everything set up and Dan, the co-director, met with other members of the staff. It's great to have everyone here and to get the season under way. Persian period, Philistine period and who-knows-what in Grid 44 here we come!
Just got word from Melissa that photos are on the way so I'll be doing a second post shortly.