We finished this season’s last full workday at the site. Tomorrow we will arrive at the usual early time to clean & brush off the excavated areas for final photography. The site photos will be in the published reports for this season’s work. After photography is complete, we should finish packing up and head back to the hostel around 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. to finish sorting and analyzing pottery.
The past three days have been crowded with visitors from tour groups, visiting archaeologists, and a small army of teenage Israeli helpers that we have come to call “Blue Shirts” or “Blue Kids” for an obvious reason.
I recently mentioned excavating an ancient drain that flowed out of the city gate. My job soon turned into sifting debris from the drain for small objects while a smaller-framed person finished the actual excavation in the drain. It was a productive project. Pottery styles give us a general date range for the layer they are found, and olive pits can be dated with Carbon-14 analysis. The objects we found should affirm the date of the drain, and of the original city gate. I hope to be more specific about the date in a later post.
David Willner of Foundation Stone took this photo of a certain red-bearded volunteer sifting the drain debris.
To add an interesting element to the mix, National Geographic arrived to produce a “Nova” episode on our excavation.