Today we had the first full day of digging in all the areas and things are looking great!
In Area E, Haskel and his team are working mainly on EB materials, but with some LB intrusive pits as well. Some of the nice finds include a boar tusk which is partially polished from the EB levels, and some decorated LB sherds as well. In addition, they are clarifying a lot of architectural features relating to the EB neighborhood, and are ready to expand the excavations in various areas.
Area A with Louise’s team are working on the top of the 9th cent. destruction in one square, and in the lowest LB levels in two others. Some of the their finds include imported cypriote LB sherds
Jill and the Area P team are up and running. To start with, the took out the old “Goliath sherd” sign – which sat right in the middle of a square which is being excavated, in which the continuation of the EB wall will be found. In addition, other parts of the EB wall are being excavated as well as LB levels
In Area F, Eric and his team (Jeff will be back from a short trip tomorrow) are working in several interesting points, including what may be an early Iron I room, materials from the LB/Iron I transition, and some very interesting EB architectural contexts which go below and to the west of the EB fortification wall.
Amit and his team are also finding great stuff. Additional parts of the metallurgical area are being uncovered; more sections of the 9th cent. BCE destruction; hints to the Iron I activity in the lower city; and a few new squares searching for the fortifications in this area.
We also had a flyover a helicopter of the Electric Company who cleaned off the electric lines with a water hose – see the picture below
Great day – great team – great finds!
And here are a bunch of pictures: