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Your work schedule will be dependent upon conditions at the excavation site. A work day begins quite early so that you will normally be at the site at dawn. The schedule below, a fairly typical one for summer excavations in Israel, is the one followed at the Hatzor Excavations. It should give you a general idea of what a representative day at a dig is like. Most excavations schedule a rest period following lunch. At Hatzor pottery washing comes first then the rest period. The balance of the day usually consists of additional free time, excavation work, or lectures.

 Work Day Schedule

4:15 a.m. Wake-up knock on your door
4:30 a.m. First breakfast (light)
4:45 a.m. Bus leaves for site
5:00 a.m. Work begins
7:00 a.m. Tea break (15 minutes)
9:00 a.m. Second breakfast (substantial)
9:45 a.m. Work resumes
1:00 p.m. End of work at the site
1:30 p.m. Noon meal
2:00 p.m. Pottery washing, siesta, relaxation
4:30 p.m. Coffee/tea; pottery classification and special projects: lectures and field trips as announced
7:00 p.m. Evening meal
8:00 p.m. Continuation of afternoon activities (if necessary); lectures/seminars
9:00/10:00 p.m.

Suggested bedtime

Page last edited: 02/07/09 09:27 PM

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