Preseason Day 5

Omri, the director of national park where the ancient city of Ashkelon is located, took us on a field trip south of the fortifications. There, nature runs riot and ancient things are constantly appearing as the winter rains subside. It was a fascinating reminder of the role and importance of Ashkelon's hinterland throughout the city's history.

The trip also afforded us some very interesting views of the city.

Earlier in the day, it was business as usual with fencing in grids, updating computers, and analyzing pottery. It's been a busy week and the schedule only gets more intense as the start of the 2015 field season is a little over a week away.