Week 1 Summary

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Our first week of excavation is now in the books. It was quite a successful week of work. In area A we seem to be just above the remains of the large late Iron IIB (8th century BCE) building that was uncovered in previous seasons. Here and there we seem to have remains of either later Iron Age or perhaps Persian architecture that is not very well preserved. Of special note was the finding of an Attic Ware sherd from the Persian Period, which is a well-known Greek import during this period. In area B, we have found lots and lots of restorable Late Bronze pottery including a few complete vessels in situ (i.e. in their place, without being moved). The prize find of the week was a complete Middle Bronze Age (2000-1550 BCE) juglet found beneath a Late Bronze IIB (1200s) wall. This is very interesting as it likely indicates that the vessel had a long “shelf-life” before being purposefully deposited beneath the wall of the building. Even more amazing was that this vessel was found by our oldest team member, Julio, who is 94 1/2 year-old and gleefully insisted that the juglet was full of whiskey 🙂

All told, it was a great week filled with hard work from our excellent team. Now some pictures…

Kevin taking a break and a drink from a Waco Import :)
Kevin taking a break and a drink from a Waco Import 🙂
Juilo (left) and David, son (right) excavating the MB juglet!
Juilo (left) and David, son (right) excavating the MB juglet!
Chris removing the juglet
Chris removing the juglet
Abiathar and Sam working hard
Abiathar and Sam working hard
Ian sweeping
Ian sweeping
Michael pondering his square and wondering how the Rangers let it slip away :)
Michael pondering his square and wondering how the Rangers let it slip away 🙂
Casey making his way back to the excavation area with Kiryat Gat in the background
Casey making his way back to the excavation area with Kiryat Gat in the background
Bill digging in Area B

 

MB sherd! Stratigraphy!
Pat and Heinrich Laughing
Jacob and Aaron instructing some younger team members
Andrew and Chris assessing the work

 

2014 Team Photo
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