Just sent out an email to all team members of the 2014 season at Tell es-Safi/Gath with the “information package” for the 2014 season. Just in case it was not received by any of the team members (or if anybody out there would like to see the materials just out of curiosity), here is the message that was sent and two of the attached files (below; note that file no. 2, the participant letter, is not attached here and if any of the team members did not get this and need it, please write to me directly).
Dear all team members of the 2014 season!
The dig is just around the corner and I hope this finds you all in the best of spirits – itching to get your trowels into the ground!
Over here, we are busy in the final preparations for the season – and we hope all will be in place by July 29th!
Attached, please find three files:
1) A file with general information about the dig, the schedule, how to excavate, and the list of lectures and field trips which will be offered during the season. Please print this out, read it carefully, and bring your copy with you to the dig.
2) A letter which you should take with you when you travel, which indicates that you are coming to Israel to participate in the dig – and telephone numbers which can be called if needed. This can help with the security checks on the way over – but do prepare to have plenty of patience – and a sense of humour – when it comes to El Al security – it can be “extensive”…
3) A recently published summary of the excavation results at Tell es-Safi/Gath – which should give you a general background about the site and the finds.
I for one, am very excited about the coming season – and I’m sure that we will all have great finds, a great time – and a memorable and enriching experience!
See you all in a few weeks!