Day 2 – Spring Excavation

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During day 2 of the spring excavations of Tel Burna – a group from The Master’s College joined Sheila’s group from Israel College of the Bible, as well as several other volunteers.  All total we had around 35 people digging in all three areas of the site. Today – we managed to open two new squares in Area B and five new squares in Area A

Group Photo with The Master's College, Israel College of the Bible and several other volunteers

So far the results fit in with our previous knowledge of the site – in Amit’s section of Area A we are continuing to expose the city of the 8th Century BCE. Today we had a nice find of an Israelite “pillared figurine” – which is yet, another witness to the Judahite influence at the site in the 8th Century BCE. For an example of this type of find see here.

Israelite - Pillared Figurine
Opening a New Square in Area A
Itzick with the Headless Lady
Excavating - A Father-Son Affair

In Debi’s section of Area A some students from The Master’s College (TMC) began exposing what appears to be a large tower in the northeastern corner of the city’s Iron II casemate fortifications.

Debi Shooting Levels - towards the Iron II Fortification

In Area B – Chris with a group of TMC students continued excavating in the Late Bronze Age’s lower city (13th cent. BCE).

Opening up Two New Squares in Area B

And here a couple of nice finds from the last couple of days.

Broken Flint Blade with Tang and Serrated Edges
Iron Age IIB 8th Century BCE Lamp

Chris

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9 thoughts on “Day 2 – Spring Excavation

    Ian said:
    March 20, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Nice work and good finds! Looks like the team is off to a good start!

    BTW, Tel Burna looks absolutely beautiful at this time of year.

    SkyView said:
    March 20, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Great job for only two days.
    can’t wait to take aerial pictures from the site.

    Pascal

    Itzick said:
    March 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks!
    We promise we are working on more finds (and keep updaed and see later today’s post)…

    arenmaeir said:
    March 20, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Nice!! Looks like that Judahite woman was so excited that she lost her head…

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    JOEL TOWLER said:
    March 20, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    THESE ARE MAJOR FINDS, AND EXCITING TO SEE! TO BE THERE UNCOVERING HISTORY AND TRUTH HAS GOT TO BE WONDERFUL. I APPLAUD THE WORK OF THE TEAM AT THIS DIG! AWESOME JOB! THANKS FOR THE POST, AREN.

    Achish Melek Gat said:
    March 23, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Okay! Seeing these photos makes it official — I hate not being in Israel! And I wish I was there digging with you. I’d even be a volunteer for Amit! 🙂
    Hi to everyone!
    AMG

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