Here’s a cool 3D model for the end of the season in Area M. Noam prepared this, using our nifty handheld LIDAR scanner!Check it out!https://gath.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/m_week_4-1.avi
We started the day with photos in Areas K and B, and then finished up removing equipment and cleaning in all the areas. All was finished by 11am.Later on today we’ll do some more photos (in Area Y), and the first set of overall drone photos.Here are some pictures from today:
This evening, a group of team members were on the site, removing equipment from Area M.
As we left, the moon rose over the tell, as the sun was setting.
Here’s a nice picture of the moon over Area M:
Today we had some nice “extra-dig” activities for the team.
I first took them on a tour of Khirbet Qeiyafa, and then in the evening, our faunal expert, Ron Kehati, gave a workshop on the production of bone tools.
Here are some pictures:
So today was the final full day of digging for the 2019 season. As of tomorrow we start cleaning, photography and fold up. We had some nice finds today, particularly in Area M. This included a nice collection of loomweights, and a complete juglet (a large “black juglet”).
In Area D, we fully exposed one of the Iron IIA rooms. Quite cool to stand in a room from around 900 bce, with 2 m high plaster walls…
In Area Y, the brick and stone walls get bigger and bigger…
We also had quite a few visitors today. This included people from the IAA, the Nature and Parks Authority. We also had a group of IDF soldiers who helped out in Area M.
Dr. Ron Sha’ar (HU) and Yoav Vaknin (TAU) came again to the site to sample for archaeomagnetic studies, and found quite a few nice contexts for sampling.Overall – a great day!Here’s a few pictures:
It looks like the motif for the 2019 season at Tell es-Safi/Gath is:
“The awakening giant” – the massive early Iron Age city of Gath begins to surface!
This, I believe, will change a lot of what we know about southern Canaan in the early Iron Age.
Great end of the 3rd week. Next week is our final week, and we now know what will be our focus in the next two seasons, the last years of the current project at Tell es-Safi/Gath…