Yesterday (Oct. 28, 2020), I drove down to Tell es-Safi/Gath, to meet Yoav Vaknin, a PhD student at HU, who is conducting research on paleomagnetism. Yoav, who has already carried out previous sampling at the site (see here), was back to take extensive samples from the unique burnt brick Iron I wall in Area Y. This wall is quite outstanding, due to the fact that the bricks are totally baked (hard as stone), through and through. We are still not sure whether they were baked prior to construction (very unusual), or that they were baked due to an intensive fire.
It was super cool to be back on the site. Here is a picture of Yoav as he’s sampling from the wall. In another post, I’ll describe what else I did on the site yesterday, less archaeological, but nevertheless very interesting and fun!