Indiana Jones


Support the Magdala Center Dig

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I spent the most amazing 5 days digging in a 1st Century Jewish neighborhood just north of Tiberias in Israel this fall. (If you are new, that’s okay! Just check out my Indiana Jones Adventure.) I learned about this dig through Fr. Kelly at Notre Dame of Jerusalem… who I met through Doug Seserman of the Allied Jewish Federation (where I now work). Denver is very fortunate to have such a great connection to this project and group.  Subsequently,......

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Photos From My Archeology Adventure

Hi fans! So I was chatting with some friends from my very exciting archeological dig experience way back when (aka about 6 months ago… it’s been 6 months!!!) and they have been sharing my blog with people interested in the dig and potential donors (please support this incredible and important work!).  So I thought I would make my dig pictures accessible. Here is a link to the images on Flickr. Please do not use any images without my express permission. If you would like permission, you can email me at TaliaSheWrote  @ ......

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Final Dig (B)Log
Indiana Jones, Israel |
November 21, 2010

Final Dig (B)Log

As I write this (on my iPhone to be transcribed to my blog later), I am on a bus headed to Tzfat for Shabbat. I am excited to see friends, be around the familiar Jewish rituals, and go back to school. But our bus just passed the dig site at Magdala. I saw Martin’s hat up over the nearly 6 foot deep dig site. I saw the crew under the pottery tent and the two white vans that careened along the lakeside highway to get us to and from the site. I......

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Lesson # 102 – Cut the roots, don’t make the wall fall down or “I’m ready for my close up, Mr. DeMille.”

Hey, even walls need to look pretty for pictures. Today we were cleaning the site to make it ready for some aerial pictures tomorrow. So we were sweeping (yup… dirt on dirt, I know), pulling up rocks, and trimming the roots. But if you pull or cut too much the wall will fall in. Our dig supervisor, Marcela joked that if I cut too much and made one fall on top of me and I was hurt, she would be sure to tell the paper that it was Talia Davis who knocked......

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Lesson #13 – Birds are cool but pottery is cooler or “I’m tired, do we really have to ride a golf cart around and look at birds?”

Pre-lesson: When your dig supervisor rattles off in crazy fluent Spanish, sometimes you don’t want to know what she is saying. It has been really interesting hanging out with my awesome, new friends from Mexico. I came to Israel knowing that everyone here pretty much speaks English so that shouldn’t be an issue. It has only been since I have been hanging out with the Mexicans do I feel like I am in another country. The funniest part was when the Arab caretakers and the Mexican volunteers were all trying to speak......

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Lesson #65 – How to write with a fountain pen and ink or “Do I really have to write on that tiny piece of pottery?”

This morning, I knew I was in for something different. Having requested not to use a pickax while my body recovered from the work, I was sent to the pottery cleaning and marking. It was a lot of fun but still hard work. Here’s my supposition… on a dig, there is nothing but hard work. You can’t escape and really, I didn’t want to. Here’s the deal with pottery marking. There are tons and tons of shards that have been found. Approx 300 BAGS of them at this point in the dig.......

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You speak Hebrew like my mother speaks Chinese…

Says the Israeli Arab man to me… Great. Thanks… at least I KNEW what you were asking… I knew to answer that I am from Colorado and achshav, gar b’yerushalim (and now I live in Jerusalem). And who taught me Hebrew? Ulpan v’abba sheli! (Hebrew class in Israel and my dad)… But Habibi… I appreciate you trying and helping me practice my Hebrew. Interesting experience. On a dig with a 10 Mexicans who can speak okay English, one Slovakian who also speaks okay English, in Israel with Israeli workers who speak Hebrew......

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Lesson #42 – How to wield a pickax or “I am SO not built for this”

All in all day one was successful. I cleared a trench another 10 centimeters. It was hard work and took me the whole time we were at the site. We got up at 4:45am… it came way too soon… Up and dressed… Off we went! We headed to the site but one girl got sick so we had to drive her back. Finally, we make it to the site to eat a small breakfast of cereal and watch the sunrise. Then we walked over to the dig site. The synagogue isn’t being......

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And I am off!
Indiana Jones, Israel |
November 14, 2010

And I am off!

What a whirlwind! I found out, quite literally, 10 minutes before shabbis began that I am leaving today to go to an archeological dig up north! How crazy! It has been a blur of grabbing supplies, packing and getting a lot of work done before I leave today. I have to go catch a bus at 3:30 to head up north tonight since the dig begins at 5:30am tomorrow (Monday). So I will be in Tiberias for the week, using my sleeping muscles and exercising my body rather than my brain. I......

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