Tell Timai: The site, the people, and digging.

Nurul Gets Lost

Me digging in clay silt or silty clay I forget which one it is. Me digging in clay silt or silty clay I forget which one it is.

The dig site is Thmuis which is a Greco-Roman Egyptian city at Tell Timai. The place is a beautiful dichotomy of trash and treasure. The locals use it as a dumping ground and on the edge of the site, rubbish gets burnt off. Sometimes you see plastic bags, paper, and cardboard dancing and floating around in a whirlwind high above our heads. I know it is gross, but it’s beautiful in a way, like birds flying. I’ve stepped on a bag of dead chook, been confronted by a one-eyed doll’s head (creepy!) and hit by the offensive perfume of decomposing donkey, cow, chook, horse, and goat. Underneath all that, I was promised treasure.

Decomposing animals Decomposing animals

One of the first treasures you see when you reach the Tell is a floor made from big slabs of limestone…

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