Today was the first day of excavations in the 2nd week and we had a very interesting day.
In Area E, they are working on EB (mainly), LB, and Iron I finds. Some of the interesting finds included what seems to be a game piece from the EB alley (and in previous seasons we found a game board), as well as a slew of interesting surfaces, features and other things.
In Area A2, a lot was going on, including a complete Iron IIA bowl that was taken out, various installations, balk removals, excavation of a pit, etc.
Area A1 excavated under and moved the two pillar bases of the Iron I temple which we excavated in previous seasons, and also excavated a little portion of the 9th cent. BCE destruction level.
In Area P, I have a suspicion that they may be coming upon a possible line of fortications, but this will have to be checked to see if this is so.
In Area F they are working in a new section of the 9th cent. destruction, going down to a Medieval floor level, excavation remains of the collapse from the Crusader castle, and going down from surface to what eventually will be the Iron Age levels.
In Area D they are getting to the top of another section of the Iron IIA destruction, including additional portions of the very large and well-built building in which the altar was found last year.
All told things are hopping!
Here are some pictures:
Here’s a picture of the A1 team removing one of the pillar bases from the temple. This meant for the museum in the city of Ashdod.
Here is a view of the sifting station in Area E with our new double sifters – 5 mm mesh on top, 1 mm mesh on the bottom.
And here is a picture of a “twister” on the road leading to the tell!
And here is a picture of Richard taking pictures in Area A2 and the team holding a sheet to block out some of the rays of the morning sun.
Onwards and downwards!