Hello, I am an aspiring archaeologist studying at DePaul University who volunteered to attend this dig to see if archaeology was something that I really wanted to pursue. After my first few weeks my confidence grew and I moved to a room that was partially excavated last season. I spent weeks toiling through the rocks that had collapsed into the room hoping to see just a glimpse of the floor that I was working so hard to find.
|The extent of the room on the final day of excavation|
A few days ago it happened! I was excavating near the northern corner and a small semi-circle of flat stones appeared. A few days later I removed a rock and underneath it, in the mudbrick, was the broken base of a Chalcolithic pot lying flat. I had found it, the floor, my work had a resolution and I was thrilled. This was by far the most exciting moment of my time here and it couldn’t have been at a better time. I had found other great pieces of unique material goods but this trumped them all.
|Pavement in the northeast corner of the room|
This was all great but there was one major problem, I did not have much time left. I began to search in the soil and more and more pieces started to appear. My spirits rose even higher, the entire floor may even be intact. Then I reached the middle of the room and the rocks that had been my enemy for weeks reappeared, this time on the same level as my floor. I was crushed, but I continued onwards and downwards. I moved to the southern end and found even more floor.
|Broken pottery on the floor|
As time ran out and our days dwindled I was unable to reach a resolution with the rocks in the center of the room. Now I must return next season and see the conclusion of this interesting and elusive floor. Through this experience I have realized that archaeology is not only a passion of mine but something that I hope to make a career out of. I am amazed and grateful that this revelation was made. I want to thank all of our wonderful donors, and the Oriental Institute who made this excavation possible and helped me to further my career. I would also like to thank my amazing supervisors for their guidance and wisdom.