No special posts today which, I suppose, might be a disappointment. I've been very impressed with the quality of the guest posts we have been sharing this season.
It is the last full Saturday for most of the group. Yesterday the grid supervisors walked the tell with co-director Daniel Master and planned the strategy for the last full week of excavation which promises to be jam packed with work and maybe even a new project or two.
As always, the Finds Display was a great celebration out by the pool. Some of our favorite Middle Eastern foods -- pita and hummus, falafel, shwarma, and Moroccan cigars-- were served. There was a fabulous dessert spread and a pleasantly cool evening during which we could enjoy it all.
The night actually began with a fabulous lecture by Harvard professor Michael McCormick who used archaeology, history and genetics to explore a variety of subjects in different historical periods. It was a fascinating lecture full of interesting possibilities.
For the staff, it is a work day as we make sure the books are updated, phase plans are planned, reports are started and baulks are prepared for drawing. At least we get to do it in the comfort of our rooms, with background music provided by the pool or Magic Land, with a good cup of coffee close at hand.