We’ve begun the final season of work at Khirbet Qeiyafa. Here are some photos with brief descriptions of what’s going on.
My work square for this week is down the hill a bit from the ancient city. It’s some kind of building that so far dates to around the time of King Josiah in the 7th century BC. This is around 300 years later than the city above. It has some big, heavy stones in the outer walls. Was it a military watchtower? Was it built on top of an older structure? Was it destroyed violently or simply abandoned? What kinds of things are buried inside? Those are some of the questions we’re looking to answer over the next few days.
We started our work just to the right of the above photo. Those large rocks you see on the right side are actually inside the building. We found the last outer wall almost immediately, as you can see below. Once this new area reaches the depth of the rest of the building, we should be close to the floor level and (hopefully) start finding the good stuff.
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Up on the hill, two groups are finishing up areas from last year. One, Area F, is a building with pillars and a paved floor. This means it’s likely a public building of some kind. It has at least a couple of levels separated by hundreds of years. We’ll know more in a few weeks. The other work zone, Area A, is part of the central fortress from 3,000 years ago. Maybe there’s something really nice inside such an important building.
By the way, my square is Area W. We’re outside the city, which throws off our neat little alphabetic sequence. (We’ve worked areas A, B, C, D, E, F… and W!)
Next year we will begin a new excavation at Lachish, one of the premier archaeological sites in the Bible Lands. If you are interested in being a part of that, start planning now for the possibility. Begin saving some money and plan for a trip around late June or mid-July. The exact dates of next year’s trip are not yet known but they will likely fall within that time frame. Are you wishing you were here
digging excavating experiencing the biblical past right now?