Damp storage

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The transformation of crumbly sediments dug out the Judean Ridge into workable clay is a tedious process. In traditional workshops the effort is nearly all done by hand. This clay has been excavated, transported, sifted, cleaned, soaked, mixed, and partially dried in basins under the sun (see previous post here). At last it is it shoveled out of the basins and, in the case of one al-Khalil (Hebron) shop, wheelbarrowed to the basement of a nearby building. Now it is covered in plastic and kept cool and damp until the potter calls for it.