The Boys (and girls) are back in the field!

On thursday, July 10, many of the areas began to excavate again after receiving permission from the Home Front. Area E, unfortunately, did not yet go out. On the other hand, due to Annie Brown’s organizational efforts and lots of helping hands, she was able to clean up 12 years of heavy fraction backlog. There are enough data for several PhD theses now.

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

Today, we got back into the field, after we received the formal OK from the Israel Home Command – and as expected, we had a great day out there.

In Area A, we had some great finds. They are right on top of the 9th cent. destruction layer in one square, and are cleaning an 8th cent. square in another. In the Iron I, we have several fragmentary vessels, including portions of a “beer jug” as well as several rather complete shells and other cool finds.

In area D, they excavated a whole mess of finds from the 9th cent. destruction level, including about 10 whole or restorable vessels, an iron blade and other objects.

In Area F, as usual they are working in a whole bunch for periods, including Iron IIA, Iron I, LB and MB. Particularly interesting was the nice MB contexts they worked on near the MB…

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