an archaeologist's rig

An archaeologist's rig? (part 15)


Nope, but this one could do the job. Don’t know the year but this Landy has all the bells and whistles. It seats eight, opens up, folds down, spins, pushes and pulls stuff, bounces, and has a long wheel-base (127 or 130 inches?). It is rigged for safari viewing (check out the small hatch above the front seat!).

I was so pleased. I pointed it out to Mr Nixon who was nonplussed. He said he used to have one (for like 20 years!) but prefers a Toyota Land Cruiser. “Rovers break down.”

Sheesh. Don’t you just hate it when practicality outruns nostalgia?

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We parked our Cruiser down the line (the tan one on the left) from this olive-colored Rover while visiting Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania. Here you can see the long wheel base and the pop-top for viewing.

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An archaeologist's rig? (part 13)

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Of all the rides featured in this stunning series few have reached the pinnacle of the sublime.

That just changed.


If this doesn’t sweeten your Valentine’s Day, you are truly a cold being.

I came across this engineering marvel on the island of Mykonos, Greece, many years ago. If the creator is still alive, I’m sure it is still running. At least parts of it are. In something.

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While touring in Israel-Palestine, we use a slightly larger vehicle. Our standard coach seats 50, has lots of glass, air-conditioning, wifi, and often is labeled Mercedes. Wheelmen like “Johnny Magic” pictured here (center) are key to our safety and success. I couldn’t do what I do without these dear friends.

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An archaeologist's rig? (part 2)

Station wagons are boss. Utility station wagons that go in rugged terrain are even bosser. Utility station wagons that go in rugged terrain and are owned by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities as bossest. 

I found this Moose, a Toyota Land Cruiser 50 Series (vintage late 1960s-1970s), sitting beside the Temple of Hercules (how appropriate!) in the parking lot of the Amman Citadel Museum. That was almost 30 years ago. If cared for properly, this rig could be still alive today.

It reminds me of the days when I was just a lad and rode the crummy into Oregon's deep woods.

More musing on knobby-tyred vehicles used by archaeologists are here and here.