The Shade Cloth

It is no small feat putting up a shade cloth. It is all that much more difficult when you need to get a 10 x 30 meter shade cloth up the steep incline of Tel Shimron. How did we do it? First, we packed it into the van.

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Then we unpacked it and carried it into the excavation area.  (And, as you can see, it took much of the excavation staff to accomplish this.)

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Next, we had to lay it out and make sure it was oriented correctly.

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Once it was in position, we were able to start tying it to the poles and tightening it down. 

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Finally, an hour later, the shade cloth was up and Grid 23/24 was ready for excavation.

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The first step in excavating a new area? A 5 cm pass across the entire area to start removing the topsoil layer. Needless to say, though we got started and made a lot of progress, it will take some time to finish. Fortunately, we have teams of volunteers arriving soon and the pace of work will definitely pick up.

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Check back to see our progress in Grid 23/24 as well as Grid 92 and Grid 94.