Our summer season has officially begun. Today, we were busy setting up the tents and cleaning up the mess from the winter, however, we were able to continue our work in Area B in the new squares that we opened in the spring. Actually, we seem to have reached a surface of smashed pottery next to a wall that we noticed in the spring. It never ceases to amaze that the 13th century BCE can be found literally 2-3 inches (10-15 cm) beneath the surface. So this is an exciting development – with hopefully much more in store for us in future days… Not to mention the great potential of the new squares that we have opened in Area A, in order to understand the large pillared 8th century BCE public building.
Now time for a swim and then a tour of nearby Tel Erani, a site that our very own Matt Suriano has identified with Beth le–aphrah of Micah 1:10.
“Tell it not in Gath; weep not at all; in Beth-le-aphrah roll yourselves in the dust.” (Micah 1:10 ESV)