Aerial Photos – End of Season 2014

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Yesterday we took our the final aerial shots of Area A2 and B. This was our first time using a helicopter instead of a balloon. It was really cool to see this machine in action!

In other news, we have set our schedule for next year’s season – June 7-July 5, 2015. Based on our findings from this season – next year should be our best season yet, as we hope to excavate the complete plan of the large 8th century BCE building in A2, the eastern half of the large cultic building in B (including the parallel squares where the most cultic finds were uncovered), and finally begin the great east-west section of the site in which we will hopefully establish the full stratigraphic sequence of the tell. Hope to see you then!

Shaun placing some sandbags in Area B
Shaun placing some sandbags in Area B

Heli Heli 2 heli 3 heli 4

Area B from the monitor
Area B from the monitor

 

This was really cool - it took 7 minutes for 74 photos!
This was really cool – it took 7 minutes for 74 photos!

 

Benjamin waving to the helicopter
Benjamin waving to the helicopter
New (top left) and old (bottom right) excavation squares in Area B
New (top left) and old (bottom right) excavation squares in Area B
General view of excavation areas from west
General view of excavation areas from west
Area A left, Area B right - in the same picture but separated by over half a millennia
Area A left, Area B right – in the same picture but separated by over half a millennia
Area A2 - in the right side of the picture there is a very nice Iron IIB building coming up with a destruction layer. This will be very cool to see next year...
Area A2 – in the right side of the picture there is a very nice Iron IIB building coming up with a destruction layer. This will be very cool to see next year…
New squares in Area B - notice the high bedrock and the tabun in the upper right square
New squares in Area B – notice the high bedrock and the tabun in the upper right square
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