We are rapidly approaching the end of our excavation season – the tarps are down, the balks are swept and our fingers are “pruny” from washing too much pottery. The areas look pristine and await tomorrow’s “balloon shots”. We will post several shots of our excavation areas as they become available.
Generally speaking the last couple of days have been somewhat quiet in the field – but not so in the pottery reading and washing. We discovered that we had already excavated some of the nicest finds from this year’s season. We added a nice double “rosette” stamp impression to our collection (presently at 3) – this impression is common in the 7th cent. BCE (Iron IIC) and is another confirmation that this site was inhabited during the time of Josiah. We also had several pieces of different LB “Cup and Saucer” vessels (see the abstract to Joe’s paper on this subject here) from area B. Nicest of all…. we discovered a very nicely decorated female plaque figurine from the Late Bronze Age. The lady on the plaque has a nice necklace with a pendant, a bracelet and two suckling babies – although she is missing her legs and head 🙂 See this picture of one from the Israel Museum (found at nearby Revadim) – ours was not made from the same mold but has very similar features.
Here are some more pictures from the last couple of days: