Day 3 – Spring Excavation

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Day 3 of our spring season brought several more interesting finds including another figurine, a mortar and pestle, and a broken LB chalice. We also were happy to have several esteemed visitors come to the site including – Prof. Ami Mazar, Dr. Nava Panitz-Cohen and Dr. Ann Killebrew.

Somewhat ironically – yesterday we found a headless Israelite “pillared figurine” clearly of the feminine persuasion, whereas today we found a bodiless Persian male figurine in an adjoining square. You can see a similar figurine (albeit headless) from nearby Tell es-Safi/Gath here.

Persian Male Figurine - Head only
Persian Male Figurine

Additionally, in Amit’s area his team  uncovered a very nice “mortar and pestle” amongst other 8th Century BCE broken vessels. In this area – we have a clear sequence of 8th, 7th and 6th centuries BCE, which already gives us a very nice snapshot of Tel Burna’s latter occupational phases.

Mortar and Pestle - 8th Century BCE

Sheila - Hard at "paper" Work

Debi’s crew continued to uncover the northeastern corner of the casemate fortification. Within the interior wall they found a large, nicely worked stone that appears to be an Iron II oil press (perhaps 7th cent. BCE).

Iron IIC Olive Oil Press?

In Area B, Chris’ gals (and Benj) made their way through topsoil and immediately began finding large amounts of pottery – some of which may be complete vessels. They also found the remains of a broken LB chalice – this chalice was located directly above the large LB wall and very near the two cultic noses (i.e. masks) that we uncovered last season – making this wall and its associated finds all the more intriguing…  Chris

Area B with LB Wall and Tabun (noses found in center of square last season)

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