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 Jericho (Tell es Sultan), West Bank



Lush garden near

Tell es Sultan recalls the ancient

city's exotic beauty


Ancient spring with Dame Kenyon's

trench in the background


Excavated structures

View of the Jordan Valley

 from atop the ruins




Khirbet el Maqatir, West Bank



Pulling dig supplies out of storage at kibbutz Yad Hashmona

Ah, 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. Wood displays an infant burial jar

to reporters from Jerusalem




Isra'el (Under Construction)



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

(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, & her legs end in talons. She stands on the backs of two lions. Plaque made of baked straw-tempered clay.)



Moonfall's guardians play this game in the barracks where King Nur incarcerated Rachav's father.


(Royal tombs of Ur, circa 2300BC. The "twenty squares" game 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 Moonfall's Queen Supoket

(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



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