Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Good-bye Jordan

I thought that this might be an appropriate time to close this blog out.  I have left Jordan for good to move on to other projects - I'll be starting a new blog on my new project in Georgia - so stay tuned for that.  Meanwhile - Jordan has given me a lot of fond memories and I have made some wonderful friends there. I wish all of my friends and colleagues who continue to work in Jordan the very best and hope to see you all again some day.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Confirmed - Jordan 2012 is happening

I know I haven't posted here for a long time and even though I went to Jordan last summer for a couple of weeks to dig, I didn't post a single thing. Anyways - for those of you interested - we are returning to Madaba for 2012 - and may be commencing excavations at Khirbat al-Mukhayyat! So stay tuned for pictures and info to follow in the coming months.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Archaeology by Remote

Well, unfortunately my plans for going into the field this got squashed by circumstances beyond my control (though I still managed to put a trip together to go to the Aegean and Italy). Nevertheless I am continue to do blog postings for both the Kharaneh project and the Tell Madaba project - so we'll see how that all goes. Hope this posting finds everyone well.

Monday, April 13, 2009

No Jordan, No Cry

Well - I know I haven't updated this blog lately (probably nobody is following anyways) but I thought I would just make it official by letting everyone out in the blog-o-sphere that I will NOT be heading to Jordan this summer. Instead, I will be teaching my usual class this summer - Intro to Classical Civilizations. Nothing to do with Jordan unfortunately...
Hopefully will get back into the field next summer!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My Precious Trowel Recovered

Well - clearly all the karma my friends have been sending my way has translated into something good. I finally received my luggage yesterday from Air Canada. I'll be honest...I was amazed I got it. But not without some interesting things happening to it first.

While I was in Jordan, my IPOD broke (all the sand I think toasted it....which is ok, because I wanted to get an IPOD ITouch anyways!). So I put it in my bag to bring home so I could crack it open and see what the insides of an IPOD look like. Well - upon receiving my bag last night....lo and the joke is on whoever stole it out of my bag. Gotcha!

Most importantly, the fact that I got my trowel back. I have had that trowel ever since my first excavation in 1988 and aside from all of the other material in my was the only thing I was really upset about potentially losing (kinda trivial I know...but all of you archaeologists out there know what I am talking about).

Monday, June 23, 2008

Back Home

I really do have to apologize to all loyal readers of my blog. As you know, my access to the internet in the desert was a bit limited. But now I am home and I will be updating the blog on a more frequent basis with interesting tidbits about my work this summer (pictures and video to come) as well as developments in the world of Archaeology, Classics and History.

Having said all that - I need to get something off my chest. My trip home went flawlessly until Air Canada/Royal Jordanian Airlines lost my luggage. This is the first time I have ever "lost" my bags and I can say that I am very disappointed. This is just the beginning of the I am sure to have more to say. Bottom line - the person who checked me in at the airport in Amman, decided to only check my bags to Heathrow airport. I advised the person at the Air Canada desk and despite their claims that they would locate my luggage and so on - it seems that I just kept getting "passed along" to the next person - finally arriving in Toronto to find out that the people I spoke to in London basically lied to me. UGH......the bag had all my gifts for my family, my hiking shoes, and so on. But most had my TROWEL! The same trowel that I have used on every archaeological project since 1989. Its irreplacable. I am devestated! Anyways, I guess there are worse things that happen....but I am still very much disappointed.

I checked with Air Canada today and so far, no luck. If I don't have my bag by the end of the week...chances are....I never will. Damn! More to come later.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Wind, Wind and More Wind

Greetings all. I am in Amman this morning doing some much needed errands and so have a few minutes to update you all to the happenings at Kharaneh/Azraq. Things are in full swing now on site and we have begun to uncover features. In my area we have come down on what appears to be a huge ash/burn pit or scar. Since I am in Amman today it is up to my teammates to continue to expose the surface of the feature and begin to map its dimensions. Tomorrow we will begin to excavate it - so I'll have more to say on that later. I have a picture of it...but no time to upload - so that will have to come at a later date.

The one thing that I do have to say is that we have been experiencing some rather strong winds...and when I say strong....I mean - its very difficult to sift our dirt as the wind blows the lithics out of our hands...which in a way is great...if they could land in the bag...but alas, it just doesn't happen that way.

Our cook (Ismail) made pizza last night for dinner which was met with great applause and adulation since we are pretty much tired of tomatoes and this was a much needed change. On the weekend I made everyone my world famous Jerk Chicken...and it seemed to go over well. That was followed up with my now world famous Bananna Fritters....everyone is looking forward to a repeat performance.

Ok, I have to hand the laptop back to Lisa....she has some real work to do....whatever THAT is!!!


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