And here is a first look at the newly discovered city wall of the lower city in Area D.
As you can see, Barbie (on the left) and Amit (in the center) are standing on the two sides of the ca. 6 m. wide wall. That is one big wall!. The rest of the team members that you can see in the picture on the right are standing in a square in which we are excavating down to a room/house that is built right up against the wall. From the initial pottery reading, it seems to date to the 9th cent. BCE. Thus, most likely, this will provide a nice dating for the fortification – to the city of Gath which was destroyed by Hazael ca. 830 BCE!