We had a much smaller group today – ca. 20 people total, as the TMC group made their way to the always-interesting Samaritan Passover. We still made do – enjoying the excellent weather.
In Debi’s area (A1) we continued work along the casemate fortification. We also re-opened a new square from our very first season (2010) in which we had previously found a plastered floor with a destruction level that included complete vessels and a significant amount of ash (Iron IIA – 9th cent. BCE). It will be very interesting to see if we have earlier levels beneath this level related to the Iron Age IIA. For more on the significance of the dating of these levels see Itzick, Joe, Debi and Amit’s recent article (I guess that’s why they created et al 🙂 here.
In Chris’ Area (B) – we harvested a ton of pottery from the new squares some Byzantine, but mostly clean Late Bronze Age material. In addition, we found a nice small, votive vessel and a significant concentration of mother of pearl near where we previously found many chalices, pithoi and bowls.
Here are some pictures from today’s work: