Wrapping up 2011 Season

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Well, I’ll provide pictures soon, but thought I’d update you on the final results of the 2011 Summer Season.

Archaeologically, we had a very successful season, and combining the results from last season, we can now speak of the following layers at the site.

  • In Area B, we have at least two layers of the 13th Century BCE, including a very nicely built wall (which we will hopefully expand next year and find the rest of the building).  in a second stage the floor was raised and a tabun (small ceramic oven) was added in what was probably the courtyard of the building.  there may be a third surface below the wall, but this is to be further investigated next year. We also came up with some (albeit unstratified) pottery from throughout the Early and Middle Bronze Ages.
  • In the center of the summit, we now have very clear layers of the 8th Century BCE (including parts of two rooms – one with a pavement and the other with a beaten earth floor), 7th Century (revolving around the Silo) and Persian Period (what seems to be light activity using the building blocks of earlier levels to build flimsy structures).
  • along the eastern Slope, we have nice 8th Century contexts around the fortifications (including a nice installation with loomweights), as well as the Iron Age fortifications, 7th Century BCE silos, and9th Century BCE surface outside the walls.
It was also just a great season and alot of fun, because of all of the special people who participated: Ian, Evan, Matt, Matt Zach, Andrea, Daniel, Michael, Nick, Sirius, Sarah, Tim, Sandy, Christina, Sheila, Daniella, Tamar, Mor Jeremy, Ido, David, Noam, Amit, Debi, Ari and his friends, and others who came to help out and enjoy the wonders of Archaeology.  Thanks to all of you, this was a very fun and exiting season – and thats the only way to do archaeology.
Lets hope future seasons are just as special!
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4 thoughts on “Wrapping up 2011 Season

    annelies said:
    July 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I visited the tell last Mai with Ido.
    I enjoyed very much to read and to see about all the ‘treasures’ you discovered together. Thank you!

    Annelies
    the Netherlands

    AIWAC said:
    July 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    That’s great!

    Just one question: how do you know it’s 13th century? Carbon Dating?

      joeuziel responded:
      July 3, 2011 at 5:42 am

      no – the dating is according to the pottery, which is quite indicative for this period.

    […] The Tel Burna crew has posted a summary of their two excavation seasons. They have identified levels of the city from the 13th century B.C. […]

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