Just another fantastic day…

Today, we had one of those really unbelievable days! The sky was falling with finds in the various areas, and in fact, due to the large amount of finds, we were in the field until 8 pm….
In Area D, in the lower city, we uncovered in situ finds from the late 9th cent. destruction level, with intallations, loomweights, vessels (including a fantastic chalice) and oodles of other finds, in excellent preservation. We managed to take many samples for analyses as well, and if possible, this large assemblage may provide a very nice example of vessels for organic residue analysis.

In Area A, things were “flying” as well, including – more and more conclusive evidence that Alex and Cynthia are in fact working in a temple (such as what appears to be a foundation deposit), while Adi and Naama continue to uncover additional evidence of metallurgy, apparently both Iron and Copper production!
Louise and her team had some nice finds, including some gold and silver jewelry.
Itzik’s team is deep in the EB and now has nice evidence of an apparently substantial EB II level beneath the EB III.

In Area F there were some nice developments. In lower F the CBC team seem to have uncovered an additional portion of MB wall and glacis. In upper F, we were visited by Amotz Agnon of the HU, who is an archaeoseismologist. We looked at the brick collapse over the 9th cent. BCE destruction level and he is now more and more convinced that it is fact earthquake related. While we still have to work on this, it is looking more and more that we may in fact have the so-called “Amos earthquake” – dating to the mid 8th cent. BCE.

Finally, the BBC crew came back again, and tomorrow, we have a visit from the Australian ambassador!

Have a good night!


5 thoughts on “Just another fantastic day…

  1. Sounds amazing! BTW, do you have a “ballpark” estimate or range for the dating of the metallurgical equipment?

    Good luck this week



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