Video: Tell Timai 2014 — Week Two

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In this second installment from the University of Hawaii excavations at Tell Timai in the Egyptian Nile Delta, viewers get a chance to meet Kufti archaeologists, explore ancient streets and the mudbricks that shaped them and dive into the port of Alexandria.

Meet the team’s Kufti archaeologists, who hail from an Egyptian village where Flinders Petrie trained archaeologists in the late 19th century. The skills have been passed down to today’s team of excavators, who are now equipped with multi-generational field experience. Discover the pottery uncovered at Timai—the “DNA of the site”—as the team exposes Hellenistic and Roman neighborhoods. And take a look at the unique experimental mudbrick research and preservation at Timai, as recently described in Biblical Archaeology Review. Finally, cool off with the team off the coast of Alexandria with rare underwater video footage filmed at this ancient port city.

Videography by Alyssa Bokovoy. Courtesy of Robert Littman and Jay Silverstein. Visit the project website at

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Watch more exclusive videos from the excavations at Tell Timai:

Inside the 2014 excavations: Tell Timai archaeologists provide a look at their dig site and their research goals for the 2014 season while giving viewers a taste of travel in Egypt and the atmosphere on an archaeological field crew.

Mudbrick-making and conservation at Tell Timai: Excavation staff member and mudbrick architecture specialist Marta Lorenzon provides a look into the creation of new mudbricks to conserve the ancient walls at Tell Timai.

Learn more about mudbrick-making at Tell Timai:

In “With and Without Straw: How Israelite Slaves Made Bricks” in the March/April 2014 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Robert Littman, Marta Lorenzon and Jay Silverstein describe the recreation of ancient mudbrick-making techniques to conserve ancient walls at Tell Timai. Learn how to make a mudbrick step by step in Bible History Daily >>


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  • sander says

    I wish I would be following tha true GOD at long -last.cos there are so much lies the world over,even the very church I am in now and hoping to leave soon,exposes so much truth but is an occult-THE MITRIAC! Which The HOLY SPIRIT helped me find out via revelation. He just gave me a number 25 in the revelation. Showing the are growing faster than anyone can imagine. If I can get some more light on this 25 it’ll do a great deal.

  • Joseph says

    Excellent information and good project. I have to agree with Patrick that the background music could be more background. Keep these videos coming! Thanks.

  • Kay says

    I continue to be fascinated by this excavation. It’s lovely to be able to see exactly what you are working on. Unquestionably, this was a very different video than the first installment. As a former film producer, I have to agree with Patrick about the rap track. Perhaps a less frenetic editing style will be more appropriate to this subject matter since this is a serious, academic project. And if you are going to shoot at sunrise, please do not shoot into the sun as it blacks out the faces of the participants, which is what we really want to see.

    All in all, however, doing a video blog is a worthwhile project and helps us to feel that we are in the loop. Congratulations on your accomplishments. Keep ‘em coming!

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