Great start for the 2nd week!

Today, July 4th, 2016, in addition to being the US day of independence, was a great start for the 2nd week of the dig. Things are really starting to pop out in the various areas!

Area A: Louise and her team and some really nice finds. This includes a virtually complete bronze pin, and what appears to be an almost complete Iron I bowl. In general, it looks like Louise and her team are getting very nicely into the Iron I.

Area D: Today was a great day – Amit’s team is doing well. In several of the squares near the gate we had rich finds, seemingly related to the final destruction of the date. This included a collection of loomweights in a jar, remains of collapsed roof, storage jar stopper and other great finds – and this in Jim and Dan’s area. In MiYoung’s area we have what looks like a cooking area, with a tabun, a cooking jug and other finds. Jill’s team moved to some new squares and it appears that just below surface we have some nice finds. And Vanessa’s team continues to find more and more of the metallurgical area.

Area E: Great day today in Area E – Haskel and Shira’s team came up with another donkey! The skeleton, so far, seems quite complete – and seems to be purposely deposited below the floor of a house – just like the first one. As this will require a lot more careful excavating – we hope a lot more interesting finds will come out with this.

Area F: Jeff and his team, which grew this week in numbers, is now working in both LB and Iron I levels – and we await some great finds this week.

And finally – Area K – Eric and his team are deep into the area of the agricultural installations in the lower city – and it seems that they have reached Iron Age levels, with complete vessels, that are associated with these installations!

We also had some nice visits today:

Aldo Baquis, a journalist from the Italian ANSA new agency.

Prof. Bill Schniedewind (UCLA) and Dr. Joseph Lamm (UNC).

Oren Ackermann, the project’s geomorphologist, brought Ladislav Smejda and Michal Hejcman, from Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (who are working at Tel Burna with Itzik Shai) for a visit to the site. They were impressed the site so much that they conducted a sampling of sediments on the tell and the surroundings, using a handheld XRF. I hope this will develop into a nice study.

Here are some pictures from today: