Walking Mary's Well

A live travel blog, archaeological adventure in Israel, December 2012.

Dec 13, 2012

» Arrived at Tel-Aviv International Airport
» Ein Tzurim Kibutz

THURSDAY -

Flying United.

The scene at Tel Aviv International Airport upon arrival.

Our first nights stay was at Ein Tzurim Kibutz.

Dec 14, 2012

FRIDAY -

» Tel-Yavne
» Karei Deshe Guest House

The lush green field at the foot of the original Tel Yavne in the winter.

Richard Freund (left) and Phil Reeder (right) taking notes to map the site (Yavne).

The view looking down on Tel Yavne, ruins from several civilazations.

The Mamluk Tower atop the original Tel Yavne.

Collapsed ruins from the crusaders.

The Mamluk Tower atop the original Tel Yavne.

The sun setting on Mount Arbel from Karei Deshe Guest House.

The sun setting on Mount Arbel from Karei Deshe Guest House.

Dec 15, 2012

SATURDAY -

» The Grottos at Rosh Hanikra
» Baha'i Gardens in Akko
» Old city of Akko:
»»» Templar Tunnel
»»» Akko Port
»»» El-Jazzar Mosque
»»» Hospitaller Fortress
»»» Okashi Art Museum
» Tel-Akko
» Karei Deshe Guest House

Morning at Karei Deshe Guest House.

The Sea of Galilee early in the morning.

The Mediterranean coast at Rosh Hanikra.

Harry Jol leaning on a balcony overlooking the Meditteranean Sea.

Gary Hochman in the caves at Rosh Hanikra.

Vanessa Workman (left) and Jane Burkhart (right) on the side of the saltcoated cliff above the Mediteranean Sea.

The inner sanctum of Baha'i Gardens at Akko, Israel.

El-Jazzar Mosque from outside the old city of Akko.

The ancient moat surrounding Akko.

the modern Akko port.

The remains of the Greek period Akko port.

Vanessa Workman walking through the Templar Tunnel.

The Templar Tunnel.

Vanessa Workman (front), Jane Burkhart (back left), and Harry Jol (back right) wondering the endless alleys of Akko.

El-Jazzar Mosque.

Within the walls of the El-Jazzar Mosque.

The preprayer washing station outside the entrance of El-Jazzar Mosque.

Harry Jol standing outside El-Jazzar Mosque.

The inside of the El-Jazzar Mosque.

The dungeon under Hospitaller Fortress.

Hospitaller Fortress in Akko.

Gary Hochman in Hospitaller Fortress.

Late afternoon, looking out past Akko to the Mediteranean Sea from Tel Akko.

Dec 16, 2012

SUNDAY -

» Yigal Allon Centre - The Ancient Galilee Boat at Ginosar
» Mary's Well in Nazareth
» Kibutz Ginosar

Paul Bauman looking down at the courtyard at Karei Deshe.

Karei Deshe Guest House.

Looking out on the Sea of Galilee from Karei Deshe.

Stunning flowers surrounded the Guest House

Everywhere we travelled we could snag a quick orange (above) or grapefruit.

The ancient Galilee boat at Ginosar.

Gary Hochman excited to see the Galilee boat.

A closup of a pot.

The labs at Kibutz Ginosar.

Richard Freund (left) and Harry Jol (right) in a storage room next to the labs at Ginosar.

An amazing collection of pottery in the labs at Ginosar.

Some of the larger pieces of pottery found.

Some of the larger pieces of pottery found.

Dec 17, 2012

MONDAY -

» Greek Orthodox Church of the annunciation in Nazareth

A good morning at Kibutz Ginosar with Vanessa Workman (left) and Randy Shinduke (right).

Yossi Salmon (left) speaking with Harry Jol (right) before entering the Greek Orthodox Church of the annunciation.

The team following Sharif Sharif around the Church of the annunciation as he explains the history and architecture. Phil Reeder, Harry Jol, Gary Hochman, Maha Darawsha, Sharif Sharif, and Yossi Salmon (left to right)

The Greek Orthodox Church of the annunciation, the view from behind the pews.

The view of the Greek Orthodox Church of the annunciation from the pulpit.

The sign above the stairs leading down to the well in the Church of the annunciation.

Inside the Greek Orthodox Church of the annunciation.

The vestibule conatining the well within the church.

Maha Darawsha and Harry Jol standing in the well.

Water bubbling up into the well.

The team, Jane Burkhart, Maha Darawsha, Yossi Salmon, Gary Hochman, and Randy Shinduke, getting setup.

Yossi Salmon, Harry Jol, Maha Darawsha, and Randy Shinduke (left to right) working down in the chamber holding the well.

Yossi Salmon and Harry Jol using ground penetrating radar, Gary Hochman filming, and Maha Darawsha and Randy Shinduke using a fiber optic scope to look behind a wall.

Harry Jol taking a measurement.

Yossi Salmon (left) and Harry Jol (right) using ground penetrating radar to look below the floor for structures.

Yossi Salmon reading the display of the the ground penetrating radar.

Harry Jol using GPR.

The team at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.

Richard Freund preparing cutting foil for ERT.

Vanessa Workman helping setup ERT.

Paul Bauman setting up the equipment for ERT.

Paul Bauman and Vanessa Workman setting up ERT.

Randy Shinduke waiting to run the ERT.

A closeup of the ERT setup.

Randy Shinduke reading the ERT output.

Vanessa photographing the Church of the Annunciation.

The apostles painted on one wall of the church.

An examples of the deterioration of art in the church.

Phil Reeder taking notes outside the church.

Phil Reeder surveying the church.

The magnificant Christmas tree displayed outside the Church of the Annunciation.

The scene outside of the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

The marketplace in Nazareth, buctling with shoppers.

Dec 18, 2012

TUESDAY -

» Yigal Allon Centre
» Greek Orthodox Church of the annunciation in Nazareth
» Mary's Well in Nazareth

The team discussing the tasks for day two at the Church of the Annunciation (Greek Orthodox).

Richard Freund, Randy Shinduke, and Maha Darawsha (left to right) looking around behind the church.

Paul Bauman preparing ERT.

Randy Shinduke running the ERT behind the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.

The site of work behind the church on day 2 there.

Yossi Salmon, Harry Jol, and Maha Darawsha using GPR (left to right).

The climb down into the Byzantine layer behind the church.

Maha Darawsha and Randy Shinduke standing in the Byzantine layer.

Randy Shinduke using a fiber optic scope at the Church of the Annunciation.

One view of the Byzantine layer behind the church.

One view of the Byzantine layer behind the church.

One view of the Byzantine layer behind the church.

Richard Freund and Sharif Sharif supervising the work.

End of the days work at the Church of the Annunciation.

Dec 19, 2012

WEDNESDAY -

» Qumran - The caves originally holding the Dead Sea Scrolls

Our last view of the Sea of Galilee.

The Dead Sea.

Harry Jol at Qumran.

The bathing pools at Qumran.

The bathing pools at Qumran.

The bathing pools at Qumran.

Some of the caves at Qumran.

Graves surrounding the bathing pools at Qumran.

The mountains around Qumran.

Vanessa Workman taking a sample of dirt to work with (at the Yigal Allon Centre)

Vanessa Workman hard at work under the Yigal Allon Centre.

Dec 20, 2012

THURSDAY -

» Jerusalem

The Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem.

Randy at one of the churches in Jerusalem.

Paul Bauman shooting pictures.

The view over Jerusalem.

The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.

The slab of stone that tradition holds to be where Jesus was prepared for burial (inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre)

A shrine in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.

"The tomb of Christ" inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.

The Dome of the Rock.

The Dome of the Rock hovering over the Western Wall.

Harry Jol standing in the front the Western Wall.

Dec 21, 2012

FRIDAY -

ยป Departing from Tel-Aviv International Airport