Want to Excavate an Ancient Drain?

After 3 days of working primarily with a wheelbarrow, I got to return to a job requiring a bit more finesse – excavating an ancient city drain channel. This task may seem dubious when one contemplates what flowed through an ancient drain in the absence of an indoor plumbing system. But a drain may yield a good bit of evidence that can reveal the inhabitants’ lifestyle and diet, and provide samples for Carbon-14 dating.

For the record, today’s work revealed a fair amount of ancient pottery (broken in pieces), various animal bones large and small, and 3 olive pits for C-14 dating. We’ll excavate more of it tomorrow, anticipating much more of the same. But there always remains the possibility of an unexpected find… which would be especially nice since National Geographic is here right now to produce print and video on our excavation.

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About LukeChandler

Luke holds an M.A. in Ancient and Classical History and has been an adjunct professor at Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Luke and his wife Melanie have five children. He serves as a minister in English and Spanish with the North Terrace Church of Christ and participates annually in archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke also leads tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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One Response to Want to Excavate an Ancient Drain?

  1. Pingback: At the 2010 Khirbet Qeiyafa Excavation | Luke Chandler's Blog

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