Day 4 Spring Season – Some Nice Finds

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Today we made some serious progress in all of our excavations areas – removing balks and continuing the excavations of our newly opened squares.

Here are a few highlights from each area:

In Area A1 – we found a very interesting piece of a store jar with a snake head on it. This phenomenon is well-known as far back as the Early Bronze Age (ca. 3000 BCE).  While this find does not indicate cult activity (it seems to be simply, popular iconography) it is interesting that we have a biblical text that mentions the depiction of a snake (hebrew – nehushtan) during the time of Hezekiah (ca. 715 BCE).

“He (Hezekiah) removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan).” 2 Kings 18:4

Store Jar sherd with snakehead - the mouth opening is on the left of the small plastic decoration, the eyes are on the left
Store Jar sherd with snakehead – the mouth opening is on the left of the small plastic decoration, the holes for the eyes are on the right
Early Bronze Age Jar w/Plastic Snake Decoration – Copyright Israel Museum

In A2 – the team found two more fragments of Israelite Fertility Figurines (though not quite as nice as our flagship lady (below), see another one here). These finds along with the pottery and the well-built architecture from the center of the tell – continue to give us a clearer picture of the Iron Age IIB settlement of Tel Burna.  Which would be relevant for a biblical text such as this,

“Then Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria fighting against Libnah, for he had heard that the king had left Lachish.” (Isaiah 37:8)

Fertility Figurine (Iron IIB) from 2012 Summer Season in A2
Broken Head of Israelite Pillared Figurine
Broken Head of Israelite Pillared Figurine
Considering an Israelite Pillared Figurine, head
Considering an Israelite Pillared Figurine, head
Mor registering the finds with all the comforts she could ask for - courtesy of Amit
Mor registering the finds with all the comforts she could ask for – courtesy of Amit
Scraper from Area A
Scraper from Area A

In Area B – we found a very nice weapon head (either a small spearhead or an elongated arrowhead), in addition to loads of LB pottery.

Elongated Arrowhead or Spearhead
Elongated Arrowhead or Spearhead (see a similar shaped spearhead here) ca. 13th cent. BCE
Medinet Habu - Ramses III attacking Sea Peoples - Notice the Elongated Arrow - Copyright BiblePlaces, Todd Bolen
Medinet Habu – Ramses III attacking the Sea Peoples (early 12th cent. BCE) – Notice the Elongated Arrow – Copyright BiblePlaces, Todd Bolen

Check in for more great finds from our last day of excavating!

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One thought on “Day 4 Spring Season – Some Nice Finds

    Matt Lynch said:
    April 25, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Great stuff! Can’t wait to join in June!

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