Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
The field that might be an amazing Chalcolithic site...
Rock pile - pile of rocks or interesting archaeological site??
If you look closely you can see a wall...
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The kitchen, however, at least had a finished floor. Below, under the piles of materials, tools and unconnected radiators, you can make out how the dining room still has an unfinished floor.
And of course random stuff crammed in closets....
We had to decide whether we would stick it out with this apartment, or demand all of our money refunded and begin looking for a new place. Although there were plenty of places with "To Rent" signs, this was Labor Day, and our movers would be arriving later that day. So we had to decide what to, and ultimately decide to meet our moving helpers and pile all of our moldy stuff in two rooms.
Yo went to open the back of the moving truck to discover a Canadian stowaway, known back on the farm as Black Handsome. Apparently BH decided to have a nap and became captive in the back of the truck for about 24 hours. As nothing heavy fell on him during the drive, BH merely seemed thirsty but otherwise perky and curious. Luckily BH is a pretty easy going, farm guy, so he was placed in the room that actually had a door, fed him some food donated by very friendly neighbors, and some kitty litter was purchased. (He seemed to know what to do with kitty litter, so perhaps he's not a 'real' barn cat, but merely an abandoned cat?)
While our housing situation was less than ideal, we did like Chicago and we had one of the best experiences at the DMV getting new license plates for the car (our Indiana plates were expired). When we arrived at the DMV there were probably 200 people and Yo (Mr. Doom and Gloom) said we'd be there for hours. Less than 1/2 hour later we were out with new plates, which Dan at Uncle Bubba's shop helped Mo put on the car.On Wednesday we are both meeting up in Chicago for "take two". Yo is flying in from Greece and Mo is driving the hippie car (sans cat) back to Chicago. Our landlady "assures" us that it will be good to go, but this is the same woman who thought that we could move in last time... Stay tuned for the adventures on Wednesday.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Sunday, August 3, 2008
We are moving to Chicago (well Yo is moving first and then Mo will join him when her fellowship at Toronto finishes). The other day Yo officially accepted a position with the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago - YEAH!!! "The Oriental Institute is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted, the Institute, a part of the University of Chicago, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology, and history of early Near Eastern civilizations."
The hallowed halls of the University of Chicago
The library at the OI
At the moment Yo is still in Jerusalem, but he'll be back stateside in late August. We will be heading to Chicago to find a place. If anyone has any suggestions or advice on neighborhoods, or Chicago in general send them along. July was a good month for Yo - new book, new job!!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Dedicated to research concerning ancient stone artifacts from around the world and spanning thousands of years, the book came out last month after about 4 years in the making. Studies include the discovery of quarries for steatite vessels in Egypt during the Islamic period, production of ritually pure chalk vessels for the Jewish population living around Jerusalem during Roman times, fancy luxury bowls in the Maya world (such as the one used for the book cover), the identification of seed grinding in Australia dating to about 27,000 years ago and so much more. And lots of pictures. There is something for everyone.
Monday, July 7, 2008
The lunch spot on the steep slope of Dhaskalio. Those working on other site of Kavos (on the other island of Keros) claimed that they had a much nicer lunch place.
Our next day with wheels took us through the center of the island, where we visited an ancient kouros, unfinished in the quarry where the ancient sculptors had abandoned it.
Finally it came time to leave behind Naxos. As this blog is written, Mo is headed on ferry to Crete via Santorini, and Yo took a ferry back to Athens (via way too many other places!) for his flight back to Jerusalem. Yo will probably continue posting when he gets out of the library, but Mo will probably have very little access while on her next archaeological project.