2015 Fellow Dig Blog at The Jezreel Expedition
Marilyn Love received her BA in Religious Studies with a concentration in Ancient Near Eastern Religions from Chapman University in 2015. She has previously worked on the Megiddo Expedition and is currently an Assistant Area Supervisor on the Jezreel Expedition. Marilyn intends to pursue a PhD in Near Eastern Studies.
Excavation: The Jezreel Expedition
Marilyn will be working as an Assistant Area Supervisor on the Jezreel Expedition from May – June, 2015. She will be working closely with Dr. Julye Bidmead to research how water was carried and stored during the Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel Jezreel. Dr. Bidmead and Marilyn hope to learn more about women’s lives in Ancient Israel through this project. Their field research will contribute to a paper that they are co-authoring: “Women, Water, and Walkways: An Example from Tel Jezreel.”
A Brief History of the Idea of Water Carrying As part of our research at Tel Jezreel, Dr. Bidmead and I are studying water carrying in the Late Bronze and Iron Ages in Israel. Water carrying was an important task in the ancient world—just think about how much water we use on a daily basis for cooking, bathing, and drinking. If we did not have access to modern plumbing and sewage, we would have to haul our water just like young women did in Ancient Israel.
Posted 30th June 2015 by Marilyn 0
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While finding a surface and a pit filled with pottery may not seem like the most exciting discovery, it helps us to better understand the story of Tel Jezreel—a story which we will know more of once all of our finds are thoroughly analyzed.Posted 22nd June 2015 by Marilyn 0
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Most people ask about what I do on an average dig day, so here’s what that looks like at Jezreel. I wake up around 4:15 AM so that I have time to drink a cup of instant coffee before heading out to the tel, because I'm basically a zombie until I've had my caffeine fix. After I finish getting ready, I walk to the kibbutz bus stop, hop into one of our vans, and am whisked off to our dig site. The tel is only about a 5 minute drive from the kibbutz we're staying at, which is nice, because it means I get to sleep in a bit (you know you're on a dig when 4:15 is "sleeping in").