Sorry for the late update….. We kicked off our summer season this week. Sunday was spent setting up the base camp washing pottery and dragging things from place to place so we’d be ready to start digging. On Monday morning we made our first trip to the tel, and started with putting up the tents and cleaning. things went extremely fast and we were able to pick up right where we left off at the end of the spring season. In Area B (west of the summit), Matt, Zach, Ian and David are working in one square, where we already had discovered a tabun. They managed to very nicely define a wall, and now seem to have a possible surface, with a pit cutting in the center of the square. The surface, wall and tabun date to the Late Bronze Age II, while the pit date to the same period, since we have no pottery datable to other periods coming out of this area.
In Amit’s Area, Amit Michael, Matt, Sarah, and Jeremy have been working on 8th-7th century BCE layers. it seems that this whole area was used very loosely for silos and haphazardly-built buildings, which overly the 8th century BCE layers. They even found an almost complete oil lamp of the 7th century BCE.
In Debi’s Area, Debi, Ido, Sirius, Nick and Tim have been working to continue to define the inner face of the fortifications. Andrea has also been working with them, uncovering the silos, in order to prepare material for flotation, which she will begin earlier today.
So far things have been great and the group seems to be having a good time – hop eit keeps up. Enjoy the pics