The Survey Season

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survey fieldsIn June, we set out to begin our project, by surveying the site.  surveying has many facets, but the idea behind survey is archaeological study of a site without excavation (which is a very destructive process).  the primary survey tool used today is surface artifact collection.  this is done by simply walking around the site, in a systematic manner (and you can see the survey map here, which shows you how we divide and make sure to cover all of the surface) and collect the artifacts from the surface.  most of the artifacts collected are pottery sherds.  these sherds are used for dating the site, and retrospectively one can do the following with the survey data:

  1. determine the periods in which the site was settled.
  2. determine the size of the site per period.
  3. locate areas of excavation for the future.

While we are still processing the survey finds, we can share the following information with you. it seems that the site was settled throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages (Third-First Millennium BCE).  the site seems to hae flourished particularly during the Iron Age, and it seems that the fortifications of the summit probably date to this time.  the survey also indicates that in later periods (such as the Roman, Byzantine, and Arab) the tell itself was not settled.


7 thoughts on “The Survey Season

    dagam said:
    October 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    good luck 🙂

    Louise Hitchcock said:
    October 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Mazel Tov!

    Eric Welch said:
    October 22, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    Where do I sign up?

      joeuziel responded:
      October 23, 2009 at 7:22 am

      Hi Eric,

      We will post regirstration information in the near future. watch the blog for updates!

    G.M. Grena said:
    October 23, 2009 at 4:06 am

    Best wishes for a productive & informative project! I’m anxious to know if you found any LMLK or LMLK-type jar handles on the surface.

      joeuziel responded:
      October 23, 2009 at 7:26 am

      No LMLK stamps were found on the surface, but I will say this. as someone who surveyed most of Tell es-Safi, without picking up any LMLK handles, I would not lose hope. there it took a few years to find one, so I would expect this may be true here as well.

    Achish Melek Gat said:
    October 23, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Kol hakavod Itzick and Joe! I’ll have to figure out a way to come and help you out at Tel Buuurrrrrrna!


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