We are almost finished with our first week at the dig. Now that things are working better with my Wi-Fi, I’m happy to show some highlights from the past few days.
Sierra Claridge (Florida College alumnus from Montana) with her first archaeological find, an ancient storage jar handle. (Photo by Luke Chandler)
Jimmy Johnson (from Richmond, Virginia) working in his first square. He is cleaning up the inside of a room in the casemate wall. After a couple of hours spent with this, he moved on to bigger and better things! (Photo by Luke Chandler)
Igor, our square supervisor, holding an intact juglet we discovered on Tuesday. Most pottery vessels are damaged or destroyed when we find them. This little beauty was a nice surprise. It could have been used for perfume or olive oil, among other things. (Photo by Luke Chandler)
An Israeli production company is making a new documentary program about Khirbet Qeiyafa. This helicopter circled the site about a dozen times on Tuesday while shooting footage for the program. A film crew later interviewed a few people, including me, about the site. (Photo by Luke Chandler)
Sunset over the coastal plain on Sunday evening from Khirbet Qeiyafa. Part of Tel Azekah is visible on the left. The lands you see behind the hill (Tel) once belonged to the ancient Philistines. Gath, the city of Goliath, is only a few miles behind Tel Azekah. (Photo by Luke Chandler)