Dig fare

March 17, 2009

Team leaders, Jessica Kaiser and Freya Sandarangani at lunch in the hotel.

Team leaders, Jessica Kaiser and Freya Sandarangani at lunch in the hotel.

Feeding time for AERA archaeologists is a communal affair. There are four meal times at the residence: breakfast at 6:00 am, morning break at 10:00, lunch at 1:30, and dinner at 7:00 pm. 

This season is somewhat scaled back, but the large team still eats in shifts because of the lack of space in the main residence.

First shift.

First shift.

The fare varies but is usually a mixture of some kind of meat (chicken, fish, or lamb), rice, and vegetables. Today’s lunch was soup and sandwiches.

The daily lunch spread.

The daily lunch spread.

There’s usually plenty and is both nutritious and flavorful. At the evening meal there are often sweets for dessert as well. 

Morning breaks are taken on the dig site. There are usually taamiya (falafel) sandwiches, coffee, pickled vegetables, and fruit. At the main dig site, morning break is attended by some of the many feral dogs in the area.

Morning break at the main dig site. Corner of Khufu’s pyramid can be seen above the tent on the far right.

Morning break at the main dig site. Corner of Khufu’s pyramid can be seen above the tent on the far right.

The field school students and instructors live and eat at the hotel where I’m staying. I have breakfast and dinner there most days with them but often eat lunch here at the residence. Either way, the food is more than adequate and the company exemplary.

Brian Hunt

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