As the survey work comes to a close, bagging and tagging continues in earnest. David also introduces us to some of the electronic equipment used in the documentation, and reveals why archaeology is sometimes a maddening numbers game–literally.
In this installment, we get to see what archaeologists do on their days off. And what do they do? Explore the ruins of ancient churches, of course! David explores the inside of a three-story tower and manages to squeeze his way out for a final sign off.
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.
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.