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ALTHOUGH THE YOUNG KATHLEEN was just learning her trade, St. Albans was not her only excavation of the early 1930s. An opportunity also arose for her to dig in Mandate Palestine, so for most years from 1931 through 1935 she spent the spring in the Near East and the late summer and fall excavating at St. Albans. The European rediscovery of the lands of the Bible must be reckoned to have been launched by Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1799. By the middle of the nineteenth century Western travelers had begun searching Palestine, a mere backwater of the Ottoman Empire, for remnants of the biblical past.
3 It seems she had no idea that K was already gripped by problems of stratigraphy and methodology. ”4 One such lecture was given by Dr. Robert Eric Mortimer “Rik” Wheeler on his excavations of a Roman site at Lydney Park in Gloucestershire. Shortly after that, K had a fortuitous encounter with Wheeler and his wife. Because Lady Kenyon was ill and could not go, in February 1930 K went with her father to a dinner in London. Seated near Wheeler’s wife Tessa, she seized the opportunity: might she work on their next dig at St.
She and Norie were both grateful to Mrs. Stappard for scotching CatonThompson’s efforts to have breakfast served at 7:30. The usual routine became breakfast at 8 am, on the site by 8:30, work until lunch at 1 pm, and begin again at 2 pm. The workers would quit for the day at 5 pm, and Caton-Thompson, Kathleen, and Norie would have tea before returning to the hotel. ” The term is applied to numerous stone ruins found throughout southern Rhodesia (the modern country of Zimbabwe), but the largest and most impressive of these are known as the Great Zimbabwe.
Dame Kathleen Kenyon: Digging Up the Holy Land by Miriam C Davis