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.