The ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies held its Thirty-Eighth International Conference on the topic of the “The Decapolis: History and Archaeology” at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford. Dr. Schuler presented a paper titled, “Microcosm of Transition: The Northeast Insula Project at Hippos of the Decapolis.” An audio and slide version of the paper is published here in three formats:
Flash, HTML5 (formatted for iPad), and YouTube
Four additional seasons have been planned for the Northeast Insula Project at Hippos of the Decapolis.
2015 – Return with a team to work on the east side (blue area) of the peristyle house.
2016 – Excavation of a small area north of the church and expand work south of the house and church another five meters or until we reach walls (green area). The work in the south will provide a more stable site.
2017 – Finish work in the above areas in first half of the season. Thoroughly clean site and perform a complete digital scan.
2018 – Final season (study season; small team)
Over the next weeks, we will start adding materials for the 2013 season to the excavation report linked above. However, in the midst of the 2013 season, we discovered a error when we mapped the squares using the new north/south system. So, in the excavation data, we will include updated materials from 2012. The text of this year’s report will discuss both seasons together.
Today was our last day on the excavation site. A lot of emotions, feelings, friendships and memories were made up on Mount Sussita. This has been a once in a life time opportunity and I’m personally so glad that I was able to experience it. Today was a really low key day. We finished finding the floor in our room, and Darryl and I excavated the pot, which was in large pieces. Hopefully now Rubin the pottery expert will be able to put it back together. We also took a tour of the top of Mount Sussita, which only has about 5 percent of it excavated. Tonight we are all going to the meat restaurant to help celebrate our last evening together. Time has really flown by, and in no time we will all be safe and sound in our families’ arms!
First I want to apologize for miss spelling House of Tyche; I had been spelling it TK. Other than that today has been an extremely exciting day! Not only did we find floor, but we found large pieces of pottery shards, filling about 4 bucket worth. We also found a pot of some sort that was still mostly intact but was upside down that we plan on extracting tomorrow. Darryl found a double bladed axe head from the byzantine/ Umayyad period, usually used in battle. (How cool is that) The last half of the day we had to do a little bit of cleaning up so we were working in the sun and heat, it was brutal. All in all I would have to say that today was a day of amazing findings!!!!!!
The Pot on its side
Rock a doodle doo. Today was a fun filled day of lifting rock after rock, wahoo!!! Dr. Schuler noticed that the plaster on one of the walls had a slight curve to it, he couldn’t be sure what would be underneath it, but he expected it to be some sort of a fountain. Jonathan worked in the corner for about three hours and discovered a basin of some sort, the original function of which is still left unknown. Tonight the Haifa team took everyone on a boat cruise on the Sea of Galilee, it was magical, and fun to be around and gave us a chance to chit-chat with people. On a final note we are getting so close to floor, I can’t wait!
Darryl, John and Jim Jim
Three more days left on the excavation. Where has the time gone?!? This morning was a slow start. There were a few walls in the excavation site that we had to take down due to the fear that they may collapse, so majority of the men took care of that this morning. After lunch is when we REALLY got the ball rolling! This room has so much “tumble”, it’s crazy. I’m glad that we have a good system of hauling dirt. We are able to see the progression as you go. Today we may have found part of the wall, which is exciting. Other than that it has been the usual. It is Dr. Schuler’s turn to present a lecture tonight so the group plans on going to that. Tomorrow is a new a day and I’m looking forward to see how much we can achieve!!!
Our men hauling rock!
Today is the start of our last week, I hope we are able to find floor! We are actually making pretty good progress, and everyone is working together and working hard. Dr. Schuler has us cleaning a little bit each morning so on Thursday we are not bombarded with a ton of cleaning, which I’m personally really happy about! You wouldn’t think that dusting and sweeping would take so much energy but it does. Especially when all the dust and dirt is going into your face and eyes! We have been finding a lot of pottery, animal bones, and glass. I’m looking forward to all the other neat stuff we hope to find!
getting things done!!!!
Well we found part of the wall today which was very exciting, and for the first time in the entire dig everyone was excavating the same square! It was really nice not to be separated. We also got a new groove down. There would be about three young strapping men picking in a row, and when they were finished and trying to recover there were people on the tereah, and people doing the buckets and a wheelbarrow. At first it started out as a game, and then everyone got super tired. Good thing it’s the weekend, so everyone can rest up!