Today, Randy and I spent much of the day working with the Department of Antiquities Jordan on arranging details for the dig. Initially the permit was “ready,” but upon closer inspection a few revisions had to be made, so it will take a little more time to get the necessary signatures. At this point we will have two DoAJ representatives working with us at Jalul, a new young man, Husam, and Basam, who has worked several seasons with us in the past. It is always rewarding to return to Jordan and work with friends.
Jennifer spent the day perusing Madaba and scouting out sources for supplies. The beautiful clean pool at our hotel is calling all of us, but that will be for another day. We are all pretty tired and jet lagged, but that’s to be expected.
We now also have two vehicles, the same pickup we had during the past two seasons (awh such happy memories in that truck!) and another car. Driving the roads, highways and streets of Madaba and Amman is like coming home to the house under reconstruction. So much has changed since we were last here. Roads have closed and new ones opened. Buildings have sprung up everywhere, so it’s sometimes a challenge to get one’s bearings, but Randy, being the indomitable navigator that he is skillfully saved us from numerous near death experiences and safely deposited us to all the necessary locals. The stop at Safeway was a shock as always. You can get ANYTHING you want there! More types of lotions and potions, chocolates and whatevers from Europe, Asia and the US than you can imagine.
Tonight, the next group of eight come in, so the pre-team ranks are swelling and this hotel will soon be ringing with many happy voices.