Thursday, March 15, 2007

Archaeologist for a day in Israel
Deep in a 2,000-year-old tunnel system outside Jerusalem, a young woman unearthed a rare oil lamp used in ancient rituals during an archaeological dig.

For Abby Krewson, the discovery is especially gratifying: Krewson is a 10th-grader from Philadelphia participating in a "dig for a day" archaeological experience with her family and a Bible college group.

"I didn't expect to find something like that, so it's very exciting," Krewson said.

I've often wondered how well these things go. I imagine it's okay if the stratigraphy isn't terribly complex and people can basically just scrape away. But then, I've never actually read anything that is particularly critical of these sorts of digs.