A restful day today, no half-day of digging. We're doing pottery instead. We collect a lot of it and periodically an expert is supposed to appear to tell us for sure what we have. Unfortunately she just had a baby!
So Gabi Mazor, who has helped excavate here (and who was the director at Beit Shean - he gave us our tour!) is doing a prescreening. We sit around a table, each pottery bag gets dumped out and he does his magic. (There is a separate bag of pottery, which we've already cleaned, for each separate "locus" in each square.)
He sorts the shards into different piles, looks it over, tell us what is, and then discards most of it. Sigh.