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