Our tour of Jerash goes from micro to macro as David and the team fly over the town in a Huey helicopter. No narration necessary. Just enjoy the view!
Even adventurers need a rest now and then. This clip finds a weary team of archaeologists indoors, documenting and making sense of their discoveries. It’s a world of databases and computer maps where high tech meets the ancient–and the dog-tired.
David takes a look behind the scenes, introducing us to the functions of the survey team, even if their faces are a little obscured. Next, he interprets an ancient relief panel outside one of the tombs in Jaresh. Finally, David undertakes an adventure in the city and decides to check out a construction site.
After an early start and a cup of coffee, David give us an up-close look at some of the artifacts his survey team is finding in ancient Jaresh. Among the artifacts are a rare water pipe and filter attachment, the lid for a coffee pot, and pieces of a glass kiln possibly dating to the Roman era.
In the second day of the Jaresh survey, tombs are the focus. David’s team is attempting to survey endangered tombs in the area. Building over underground tombs is a common practice in the area, with occupants sometimes using the tombs as basements. Building on these tombs sometimes causes them to collapse, making these surveys and documentation efforts even more critical.
This installment also includes an interview with a volunteer archaeologist who comes to the survey with her husband.
David winds up his post down the rabbit hole in a “hot and bothered” state.
The first day of the Jaresh survey, David reacquaints himself with the area, finding protection measures by the Department of Antiquities have been effective. He also gets reaction from a “first timer” inside of one of the tombs.