And We are Off! 2015 Season Begins

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Over the last two days, we have successfully broken ground in two new squares in each of the three excavation areas – A2, B1 (Area B in previous seasons) and B2 (new area). So far we have managed to make it through topsoil and are already finding a large amount of pottery.

In area A2 Debi Cassuto and her team are trying to determine the southern extent of what appears to be a very large “four-room house” on the summit of the site. In order to accomplish this we will be excavating through the Persian and late Iron II periods that we have encountered in past seasons.

Kay and Debi - opening new squares in A2
Kay and Debi – opening new squares in A2
Kay hoeing some weeds on the summit
Kay hoeing some weeds on the summit

In area B1 (B is for Bedrock!) we are continuing to expose the very interesting large cultic structure that is built directly on the bedrock. We are hoping to find the outer edge of the structure in order to have an architectural plan of the structure. Of course, we are also hoping to find many nice Late Bronze Age finds as in past seasons.

Benjamin hard at work clearing the winter weeds (some of which could be qualified as small trees!)
Benjamin hard at work clearing the winter weeds (some of which could be qualified as small trees!)
John and Casey raising the excavation tent in Area B1
John and Casey raising the excavation tent in Area B1

In the newly opened B2, which is supervised by Ron Lev, we are exposing a section of the Iron II fortifications on the western side of the tell – beyond the interesting 7th and 8th (and hopefully earlier Iron II) centuries that we will encounter – B2 is an important part of our long-term goal of creating an east-west cross-section across the center of Tel Burna. Ron’s team already has exposed some of the casemate walls.

Mike and Daniel working hard in the Iron II fortifications
Mike and Daniel working hard in the Iron II fortifications 
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