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.