Update for July 9th

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!

Aren

2 thoughts on “Update for July 9th

  1. JOEL TOWLER

    WHAT A GREAT BEGINNING! I GET THE FEELING THAT THIS DIG SEASON IS GOING TO PRODUCE SOME MAJOR FINDS. KEEP THOSE EXCELLENT PICTURES COMING ACROSS. I SAVE THEM ALL!

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