What happens when one of the co-directors celebrates a birthday during the dig season? The whole team celebrates!

Dr. Parker insisted that his birthday be kept low key but luckily his team knew how to celebrate despite the restriction.  So Dr. Parker received various gifts and cards throughout the day.  The first gifts were smaller, including a door sign from his senior staff and a birthday note on his desk made out of sherds.

"Happy Birthday Tom" in his favorite material: sherds!

“Happy Birthday Tom” in his favorite material: sherds!

Tom's birthday door greeting

Tom’s birthday door greeting

After dinner, he was surprised with a beautiful cake made by Badriya in his honor.

Tom's birthday 014His final surprise came after his lecture on Nabataean Petra.  When asked for questions, the team played the Beatles song “When I’m sixty-four” and gave him small gifts – a do-it-yourself Petra wall (to be constructed from legos), and an Angry Birds dart gun and blow-up bat to defend off the invading Romans.