July 2nd on site

Today we had another very nice day on the dig.

In Area F they are working in EB (nice surface seems to be coming up with smashed vessels about to be exposed), as well as what appears to be LB and Iron I surfaces – seemingly relating to the fortification wall in this area. In addition, a group of bronze objects were found bunched together – we still have to see what they are and what the exact context is.

The Area P team is working on several things. At the bottom of the deep pit outside the EB wall, a very interesting structure/installation which appears to go under the wall is being partially exposed. Also LB levels inside the wall are being uncovered, and in the new squares, hopefully in the next few days they will be through the topsoil and late remains.

Area A is working right in the 9th cent. BCE destruction and are beginning to see vessels for restoration, In the lower squares, LB and some EB materials are being excavated.

The large team in Area E have a lot of nice finds, mostly from the EB neighborhood. This includes what appears to be some large pieces of carbonized wood – and tomorrow Lior Regev, from WIS, who is now focusing on tree-ring chronology, is coming to check it out.

In Area D they are working on various Iron Age stages, from the 10th cent, 9th cent destruction, post Iron Age destruction with metallurgical area, and what we hope is the fortifications on the northern side.

Here are some nice pictures from today:

Louise and Linda totalling Weight from P Adi and Annie analyzing Amit explaining level Area E team at work

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