First harvest of Olives at Gath for the year

So this afternoon, I’m giving a tour of Tell es-Safi/Gath to a group from the Freie University of Berlin, led by Prof. Dominik Bonatz, so I came a little early to the site, to check if any of the olive trees had ripe olives.

Indeed, some of them did, as the season usually starts from early September until around November. Other trees had olives that needed more time to ripen.

So I picked (in Hebrew מסקתי) a nice bunch of olives (a real life example of “low hanging fruit”…), enough for about 2 to 3 large pickling jars.

For those interested, the ripe trees were near areas K, B and M!

Here are some pictures: