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The Dig at Khirbet el Maqatir



United Kingdom





Jericho (Tell es Sultan), West Bank

Lush garden across the street from Tell es Sultan recalls the exotic beauty of the original city


Ancient spring with Dame Kenyon's trench in the background


Excavated structures




View of the Jordan Valley from atop the ruins



The Dig at Khirbet el Maqitir, West Bank

Pulling dig supplies out of storage at our headquarters, kibbutz Yad Hashmona


Ah, nicely organized dig supplies, ready for tomorrow morning wake-up at 4:30am

Me with my dig square team. Who knew playing in the dirt could be so fun?


Dr. Wood inspecting our dig square (reminding me a bit of Indiana Jones :-)

Our awesome security team sharing sweet tea with a local shepherd


Dr. Bryant Wood displays an infant burial jar to reporters from Jerusalem


Isra'el (Under Construction)

Yad Hashmona, a kibbutz lodge boasting extensive gardens and recreations of an ancient village

Re-creation of an olive press

Grape arbor


Watch tower


Bedouin Tent


Italy (Under Construction)



Carraia Bridge, 11th or 12 Century CE

 Florence, Italy

Etruscan Arch, 3rd Century CE

Volterra, Italy

United Kingdom - I didn't dig in London, but the treasures I found at the British Museum are priceless

The Queen of the Night, inspiration for the goddess

in Moonfall: Tales from the Levant

(Mesopotamian, circa 1750BC. THIS IS ONE BAD BUT BEAUTIFUL LADY. Either Ishtar, goddess of sexual love & war or her sister, Ereshkigal, goddess of the underworld. Originally painted in red, she wears a horned headdress and holds the rod and ring of justice, symbols of divinity. Multi-colored wings hang down, and her legs end in talons. She stands on the backs of two lions. Plaque made of baked straw-tempered clay.)





In Moonfall, guardians play this game in the

barracks where King Nur incarcerated Rachav's father.


(Royal tombs of Ur, circa 2300BC. The "twenty squares" board is exquisitely detailed in lapis lazuli, shell, and red limestone. Used for war games, betting, and fortune-telling. Upper right corner is the best part--an intact rules tablet.)



This ornate gold headdress is worn by Queen Supoket

in Moonfall: Tales from the Levant

(Ur, circa 2500BC, worn by a royal woman buried with   approximately 70 attendants, all of whom apparently drank poison to accompany the queen into afterlife)

Rosetta Stone -- Okay, it's not from the Late         Bronze Age, but this is a must-see for anyone visiting    the British Museum!




North England - Along and Near Hadrian's Wall


Intact Section of Hadrian's Wall near Birdoswald

Lanercost Priory, Cumbria

Site of frequent Anglo-Scottish Battles; it was attacked

by Robert the Bruce

Excavations at Vindolando, an important Roman fort on

Hadrian's Wall

Excavated Roman Road at Vindolando


Paris - Archaeological Treasures I found at the Louvre! (under construction)