Intact jar on the last hour of the last day – and Murphy’s Law in archaeology

As in the books, regarding Murphy’s Law in archaeology (see details below), today, as we finished final photographs and were about to cover over the areas, an intact jar was found in Area M. Due to the fact that it stuck out quite clearly from the balk, we had to quickly excavate it and remove it – along with a large amount of broken pottery from other vessels from its vicinity.

See below some pictures of the “baby” – some of us got a little emotional about this…

And in general, today we finished all the final photos, removed some finds (…), covered over the excavations areas, and packed up and brought back things to BIU.

It was a great season!

As to Murphy’s Law in archaeology, here are some examples:

  1. A wall that goes into a balk from one side, won’t come out from the other side.
  2. Major finds will be discovered in the last hour of the last day of the excavation.
  3. Just when you are sure that you fully understand a long-standing problem, a new find will completely contradict this viewpoint.

2 thoughts on “Intact jar on the last hour of the last day – and Murphy’s Law in archaeology

  1. john Stringer

    More GATH Murphy’s Law…

    4. Whenever you look at your watch, it’s always 2 hours short of MELON time (which can make a digger melon-choly).

    5. No matter how much you yearn for an ‘Ancient Aliens’ find, mono-chrone or bi-chrome ware never has definative UFOs on it.

    6. Whenever you try to spell Maeir, it always comes out “Maier” and Israel comes out “Isreal” even on official documents.

    7. The more water you drink at Gath, the less you pee.

    8. Soil in black buckets always multiplies in mass inside the bucket compared to when it was on the floor being troweled no matter how fast you shovel.

    9. Despite having gone to the Moon and back safely, it is still physically impossible to invent ANYTHING that will secure a broom head to a broom handle at Gath.

    10. No matter what accent is used, or how many international scholars are on site, a ‘tourea’ is still “the straight pick thingy;” a pick is a “blaster;” a bucket is a “basket;” the plumb bob bubble of the level recorder pole is any number of swear nouns; and a Tell never tells all.


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