Today, we had an exciting day in Area A working on the ivory object, most probably a decorated bowl, that was found in the early Iron Age levels. This object, which was only partially exposed, seems from the initial view to be either a bowl with a decorated rim and bar handle, or perhaps a lid (but other suggestions have been raised as well). Due to its fragile state, we did not expose it completely, but rather brought in a conservator, Gali, from the zoology lab of the Hebrew University, who along with some of the team from Area A, carefully excavated the sediments around the bowl, and then removed it in a “block”, covered in bandages of “plaster or paris”, so that it could be removed in one piece to the lab and there Gali will slowly “excavate” it and conserve it. Hopefully, within the next month or two, when she finishes working on it, I’ll post a picture of it on the blog.
In the meantime, here are some pictures of the meticulous excavation and removal of this very special object:
Sarah and Yotam digging around it and sampling the sediments
Sarah admiring the bowl and Richard taking pictures
Gali and Sarah wrapping the “block” with tin foil and Plaster of Paris
Ron and Gali digging under and turning over the block
Slowly but surely – completely removed and packed away in a box!