Week 3 Summary

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Three weeks done, one more to go! It was a fantastic week in which we finished working in the Late Bronze Age remains in Area B, defined the plan of 8th century building in Area A, and exposed a destruction level in one of the rooms with complete and smashed vessels in situ. Nearby on the pavement, we uncovered a collection of some 40 burnt olive pits in the cracks of the pavement – hopefully this clean context will provide us an absolute (through C14) date of this building and its destruction. In addition, two more Rosette stamped handles were found from the Iron IIC, which strengthen the Judahite 7th century BCE affiliation of Tel Burna. This is an important argument relating to the site identification with biblical Libnah (Hamutal from Libnah (2 Kings 23:31; 24:18; Jer 52:1).

Finally, as we mentioned last week – we now know the location of the Late Bronze Age cemetery – thanks to some inside information from Herzl and Ido of Kibbutz Beit Nir. On Thursday, we were able to spend a few hours sifting through the materials just inside and around this tomb. This pottery will be read next week and hopefully will provide us a clue to the period or periods associated with this tomb. We already have several nice vessels from the grave robber dump that Herzl reconstructed and graciously allowed us to photograph. Check out the rough 3D model of a Mycenaean IIIB bowl (i.e. 13th century BCE import from Mycenae) that we created. (In order to see the 3D image click on “3D View”)

Old Squares in Area B after balk removal and cleaning
Old Squares in Area B after balk removal and cleaning
2014 excavation squares - down to bedrock
2014 excavation squares – down to bedrock
Closing Area B at the beginning of the week
Closing Area B at the beginning of the week
J drawing the Iron IIB building in A2 while Ido, Benjamin and Min work
J drawing the Iron IIB building in A2 while Ido, Benjamin and Min work
Min with a complete Iron IIB bowl
Min with a complete Iron IIB bowl – Very Cool!
Complete juglet
Cooking Jug in situ in the Iron IIB building
Min and Benjamin removing a balk in A2
Min and Benjamin removing a balk in A2
Sandy, Cook and Min picking up the tent in the morning
Sandy, Cook and Min picking up the tent in the morning
Rosette 2
Another Rosette from the pottery wash/read
Some mother daughter digging
Some mother daughter digging
Ben with a complet Iron II juglet
Benjamin with a complete Iron II jug
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Itzick explaining the significance of this week’s work at the end of week tell tour
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Area B tell tour
Daily pottery reading from this week
Pottery reading from this week
To be or IronIIB...
To be or IronIIB…
Chris and Andrew Sifting Tomb
Chris and Andrew Sifting at the LB tomb
Matt taking some levels in A2
Matt taking some levels in A2
Itzick using a microscopic camera to photograph one of the 2 rosettes we found this week
Itzick using a microscopic camera to photograph one of the 2 rosettes we found this week
Debi taking a picture in PlanGrid of Benjamin in the nice late Iron IIB destruction that we uncovered this season in Area A2
Debi taking a picture in PlanGrid of Benjamin in the nice late Iron IIB destruction that we uncovered this season in Area A2
Benjamin removing a nice cooking juglet from the Iron IIB destruction
Benjamin removing a nice cooking jug from the Iron IIB destruction
Shawn excavating soil from a tomb that was robbed out in the 1970s
Shaun excavating soil from a tomb that was robbed out in the 1970s
Cook working at the Late Bronze Age tomb
Cook working at the Late Bronze Age tomb
Debi showing off J Rosenberg's updated plans of the large and now well-defined late Iron IIB building in A2
Debi showing off J Rosenberg’s updated plans of the large and now well-defined late Iron IIB building in A2
Debi explaining what we have to do next year to get the full plan of this building
Debi explaining what we have to do next year to get the full plan of this building
Courtyard in front of the Iron IIB building in Area A2. We found a cluster of c. 40 burnt olive pits on this pavement. This should provide is with a nice C14 absolute date for the destruction/abdononment of this building and pavement
Courtyard in front of the Iron IIB building in Area A2. We found a cluster of c. 40 burnt olive pits on this pavement. This should provide us with a nice C14 absolute date for the destruction/abandonment of this building and pavement
Stone removal! It seems that every year we have to move this pile one more square over :)
Stone removal! It seems that every year we have to move this pile one more square over 🙂
Shawn at work in A2
Shaun at work in A2
Most of the Shai clan (Nimrud, Ohad, Abiathar and Elah) washing some pottery Friday morning at the tell
Most of the Shai clan (Nimrud, Ohad, Abiathar and Elah) washing some pottery Friday morning at the tell
Some experienced and beginning diggers came to visit on Friday morning this week
Some experienced and beginning diggers came to visit on Friday morning this week
Cook excavating in the nice destruction that we uncovered in the last couple of days
Cook excavating in the nice destruction that we uncovered in the last couple of days

 

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One thought on “Week 3 Summary

    G.M. Grena said:
    July 1, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Thank you so much for posting this update, & for sharing a photo of one of the Rosettes, which may be one of the rarer types (10 or 11 petals/rays).

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