This morning we were out on the tell early in the morning for the aerial photos. The nice people from Skyview came and as always, with the inflatable balloon and the remote control camera, took excellent aerial photos of the site.
This morning though, at the very beginning of the photo shoot, we had an astounding find. While it is well known that one of the nicest motifs on the early Iron I decorated Philistine pottery is the depictions of birds, most of these are small.
Here you can see an example of a typical bird decoration on a Philistine sherd:
Today though, we found the largest Philistine bird known to date – and perhaps the largest that will be EVER found!
And here it is:
(and you’ll notice that the bird swallowed my alive and I’m in its stomach…)
But seriously, we also took a lot of nice fotos of the tell and here are some of them:
Here is a view, looking SW, of Areas E, A and P, and in the background, the summit of the tell.