The siege trench – then (2001) and now (2011)

Yesterday, while we were walking around the tell (as mentioned here), we walked over to Area C6, where back in the early 2000s we excavated portions of the siege trench and associated features (such as the berm and a tower relating to the siege, as well as features from other periods).

Among other issues, we checked out the location of our deep excavation of the trench, where we had reached bedrock and cleared it out completely.

Here is what this location looked like in the 2001 season:

And here is what it looks like today, quite overgrown (with a nice carob tree [Ceratonia siliqua] growing at the bottom of the trench):

And in both pictures, Oren Ackermann appears, so you can also see how he has changed over a decade…