Be my Guest: Jose Saramago

  When Joana Carda scratched the ground with the elm branch all the dogs of Cerbere began to bark, throwing the inhabitants into panic and terror, because from time immemorial it was believed that, when these canine creatures that had always been silent starting to bark, the entire universe was nearing its end.   Jose Saramago, The stone […]

Beth She’arim excavations, 2014 – Naming

Archaeologists have deep passion and stories about the site they are digging. Common knowledge collapses as the earth unfold its secret’s dormant for centuries. Glass bracelets from the Ottoman times buried next to Byzantine pottery shards found at the same leval of earth. Coincidence is the undercurrent notion of history remains that were left for […]

Beth She’arim excavations, 2014

ARCHAEOLOGY LESSON FOR MOUND HACKER: MEASURING MARKING  DIGGING SCOOPING BROOMING PILING UNFOLDING FINDING INSPECTING Where did it begin? A pit   Beth She’arim excavations, 2014 Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa Excavations manager: Dr. Adi Erlich Excavations staff: Rona Evyasaf, David Yeger, Dani Chechelnitsky, Ran Kaftory, Menachem Schnell. Beit She’arim National Park         […]

Mound Hacker in Rome

The Colosseum is a trap. While circling it one early morning in June 2014, I could hear the Roman crowds shouting as the Caesar enters. I could hear them roaring when animals or men were bleeding. If the Colosseum were a person, it would have been a bewildering one: A feminine rounded shaped mandala with a distinctively masculine vicious atmosphere and purpose. All who entered this building are […]

Mound Hacker on his way to Rome

My late grandfather, the architect  Issac Kipnis, was the first to tell me the story of the burnt  library of Alexandria. I was eight years old. The lost knowledge of the western world intrigued me ever since. I will be lecturing at The Arts and Sociaty Conference at Rome this week. Mound Hacker, will be probably restless, trying to pull me out of the lecture […]

Mediterranean Scollars

I sail the Mediterranean through time and places, sometimes even on a small boat admiring the Phoenicians, but mostly in my mind. This blog  is my Museum – Library – Meeting place as perhaps was the Ancient Library of Alexandria. The Internet Arcade is a conjunction where personal archetypes resonate jointly with the collective ones. It […]

Be my Guest: Dr. Helen Wickstead and the Rocdam Project

Dr. Helen  Wickstead  wrote to me a few months ago and surprised me by asking me to send her shards. She and a few more archeologists excavated Rockbourne Roman Villa and the Damerham prehistoric burial complex, both in South West Hampshire, UK.  As I learned, it is also a beautiful community project. As a Mound Hacker, I sent her […]

Mound Hacker at Tel Megiddo

While driving near home, I notice archeologists’ tents on one of the yellowish fields on the slopes of Tel Megiddo. Is there real history hiding under the cropped barley? The guard who says they will be excavating for three  more days only. Tel Megiddo is a very special archaeological mound; its  27  layres are orgenized […]

2013 ,תל נונה, גרסת הקהל, מוזיאון ישראל

בחודשים האחרונים אני עסוקה בהכנות ללילה אחד מיוחד במינו במוזיאון ישראל בירושלים 25.7.13 נקודת מגע בערב זה היוצרות מתהפכות ושאלות מהותיות על אמנות נשאלות באופן הומוריסטי ולעתים נוקב .אחכה לכם  באגף הארכאולוגי ואצור מיצג ומיצב תל נונה, גרסת הקהל – מיצג כבר כמה חודשים שאני מנסה לנחש מה ינחת על שולחני ואיך אמצא בחפץ פלסטיק […]