We began early with a visit to the Kotel and we put all the prayers from Lakeside in the Wall. Many people commented on feeling touched to be at the Wall, it was not necessarily a religious connection but perhaps a historical or community ties.
Then we headed to the tunnel excavations; it is amazing to see what they keep uncovering. I was there 7 years ago and they are STILL uncovering more finds. Our group was surprised to learn that the actual Kotel is only a small part of the original wall of the either the first or second temple. The original wall is much deeper as the city of Jerusalem is like a Tel, one layer of the city on top of another.
|Looking down at the group, in an underground garbage dump from 138 BCE|
We all found something and enjoyed digging and then shaking out what we had dug up to make sure we had not missed anything.
|Ian, archeologist from Dig for a Day|
|Shaking out the dust and finding even more|
from our dig
Our last night we had a festive meal at Olive and Fish and I think I'll save our final farewells for ONE more post.