Day 2 – Summer Season

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Day 2 at our excavations saw several new interesting developments.

In area A – we are continuing to remove several sections (i.e. balks/baulks) to reveal the full context of the large Iron IIB (8th cent. BCE) building that we have been excavating since last season.

In area B – we were able to make some strides in determining the layout of the large “cultic” building. In addition, over the next several days – Jessie Pinchus – the dig’s GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) specialist will begin to conduct a GPR scan of the lower eastern platform (i.e. Area B). The purpose of this project is to determine the architectural density in this area of the tell. In other words – we want to know where the buildings are before we begin digging them 🙂

In pottery washing – we had several nice pieces pop-up, including some Cypriot imports from B (e.g. “bilbil” – base ring) and a few Philistine Bichrome (i.e. Philistine 2) from A. Our most significant find from the pottery reading probably was a Middle Bronze Age IIC (ca. 1650-1550) “red, white and blue” ware sherd. Its presence in the lowest level of Area B beneath the Late Bronze Age IIB material (13th cent. BCE) indicates that there is an earlier occupational level at Tel Burna from this the Middle Bronze Age II.

Middle Bronze Age IIC - Red, Black and Blue Ware from a fill in area B
Middle Bronze Age IIC – Red, White and Blue Ware from a fill in area B
Removing a Balk in Area B exposing an LB ball
Removing a Balk in Area B exposing an LB Wall
Happy Working
Happy Working
Smiles all around
Smiles all around
Jessie Pinchus measuring out the GPR square
Jessie Pinchus measuring out the GPR square
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One thought on “Day 2 – Summer Season

    vanbraman said:
    June 5, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I am glad that dig season has started. I am enjoying the updates and looking forward to updates on other digs that I am following.

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