Today, we had better weather than yesterday – although it was still cold, windy and drizzly (at one point).
I say a slight dripping of the nose in April > a full body sweat drip in June 🙂
We were able to begin excavations in all areas with help from ICB, TMC, some new volunteers and some old friends of the excavation.
In Area A1 – Debi’s team, in addition to working in several squares from previous seasons, began defining what seems to be a large tower in the northeastern corner of the Iron II fortifications.
In Area A2 – Amit’s group opened a new square to define the western side of a well-built Iron IIB (8th cent. BCE c. time of Hezekiah) structure with exceptionally large pillars. They also continued to work their way through a collapse (destruction?) from the same time period – the pottery so far seems consistent with the 8th cent. BCE.
In Area B – Chris’ group began dismantling a balk connected to the large Late Bronze Age (1550-1200 BCE – Canaanite era) structure down on the lower terrace. Inside of the balk we found several sherds of Cypriot imports – milk bowl/white slip and base ring. In addition, we continued to work our way through the top soil of our two new squares – all signs point to promising finds in the coming days. Hopefully, by the end of the week we will have a better idea of the layout of this building.
Here are a few pics from Area B today: