Doing the Dishes

DSC_0002Every day we return to the Kibbutz, our home for the month, and bring out the pottery shards we found. Gallons of broken pottery pieces, all different sizes (but larger than a thumbnail) are covered in centuries of dirt and mineral buildup. Each shard tells an important story as to who lived in Omrit centuries ago, what they did there, and where they may have come from. We all grab a bucket of these dishes and begin scrubbing. It’s a big task, but goes fast. As you scrub the Romans’ and Byzantines’ dirty dishes, you discover small designs and the dirt-covered pottery shards become handles to pots and cups, the lip of a bowl, or the end of a Turkish pipe.