First Thoughts on Jezreel – Tim Smith

By Tim Smith


When I was getting ready to come to Jezreel I really did not know what to expect. I was a little worried about the 4:00am wake up time because thats usually when I go to bed. I arrived at Jezreel and got settled by unpacking and having lunch and dinner. The first dig day was not bad at all, waking up at 4:00am is not that bad when you go to bed earlier. We started our day with a tour of the Jezreel and the site and learned about some of the history of the area. We then started setting up our squares and getting them ready for excavation. I have so far spent my afternoons taking naps but sometime soon we will start going on field trips to other cities in the areas, which is something I am looking forward to.

The second dig day we actually started clearing the top soil and rocks. I found a fair amount of pottery sherds as well as some pieces of flint and a bone. My first impressions of this excavation are very positive. I have found that I enjoy excavating which is a good sigh that I am on the right career path. It was exciting to find the first pieces of pottery and flint and to learn about proper excavation and recoding techniques. I can’t wait to continue digging to discover more new and exciting things.