Tahir the Turkey

Gobble gobble gobble! In honor of Thanksgiving and a celebration of refugees fleeing persecution finding a new home in America, today I post about an animal I met in Syria. Tom Tahir the Turkey came by my excavation trench often.  He would waddle over and puff out his meaty breast taunting me with deliciousness. My workers …

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The Road to Syria

  The road to El Dorado may be paved in gold but unfortunately that’s not the norm for the rest of the world. I could be overly dramatic here and say something like “the road to Syria is paved in blood” but it's not. Technically the road I know is paved in dirt. And probably …

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Little camera hogs hamming it up

The little kids loved to get their pictures taken. They would come out and make the 'camera click' motion with their fingers and then pose. They all wanted to be front and center. I think the littlest one didn't know what to make of it but he had to follow along with his siblings. Looking …

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Rasha and the girls

I first met my friend Rasha when I was in Syria in 2010. We were co-square supervisors excavating a tripartite building and spending our days documenting what felt like a never ending number of sling bullets. Five years later Rasha and I are still friends and now we even live in the same city working …

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Most Adorable Archaeologist EVER

To continue my positive Syria and Middle East, I'm going to start with the kids. This is my little digger buddy! He would come out and help me with my excavating. I don't think he recorded his bevel rimmed bowl sherds correctly but he got pretty good with the brush. We gotta start them young! …

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Save the Children

I am utterly disgusted by the ignorant bigoted Islamophobia I have been seeing on Facebook against refugees since the Paris terrorist attacks. Innocent children are not terrorists. Innocent Syrians, or any Muslim people, are NOT ISIS. ISIS attacks its own way more than than anyone else. To counteract all of the fear mongering and ignorance, …

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