After a very hot weekend we were happy to have a couple pleasant days in the field yesterday and today. Although, we were sad to see several of our team members head off to various parts of the world, we were gladdened by the arrival of several new excavators for this week and the next.
In Area A – we are still somewhat confused regarding the overall stratigraphic sequence of the summit of the site – but it now seems clear that we have the beginning of an Iron IIA (9th cent. BCE) level beneath our Iron IIB/C/Persian levels (8th-6th cent. BCE). This level came with the discovery of an Iron IIA complete krater – excavated expertly by one of our long-time staff members, Sandy. Hopefully, the rest of the excavation season will bring greater clarity to the complex architectural puzzle in area A.
In Area B – we have reached bedrock in one of the squares and thereby found the largest thing an archaeologist can ever find – the earth 🙂 This picture matches what we have in several other parts of this lower terrace. Regarding small finds – today we excavated a complete juglet and a lamp – both typical to the Late Bronze Age.
Here a few pictures of the last couple of days: