Omar was fascinated by what was underfoot. He didn’t hope for treasure because, for him, the process of revealing layer under layer of soil was the unveiling of a mystery and the reward for his labor. His prize possession was his shovel. He would dig for free but he admitted that a man must earn his bread, so he didn’t mind digging ditches or graves. Any hole in the ground was a good hole if he could stand in it to smell rocks and exposed soil.