Courtesy Cyrus and Constance Gordon

Surveying at Tell Beit Mirsim in 1932, Gordon steadies his theodolite, an instrument used to measure the level of a find relative to other finds or to an archaeological feature. Gordon was also responsible for recording all the finds for the dig, but he wasn’t required to do much hard labor! According to Gordon, digging was “beneath our dignity. You didn’t have educated people soiling their hands.”