Archaeology: an Ancient Destruction Layer at Lachish

One of the most exciting things to find on an archaeological dig is a destruction layer. A city level destroyed by fire tends to produce rich finds. Valuable things are trapped under ash and debris just waiting to be found. We can usually subject burnt seeds, grain, olive pits, et al. to carbon-14 tests and get an approximate date for the destruction.

Pottery vessels crushed and burned in an ancient destruction level. We often find food particles, animal bones, weapons, and other interesting things in the ash. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Pottery vessels crushed and burned in an ancient destruction level. We often find food particles, animal bones, weapons, and other interesting things in the ash. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

What does a destruction layer look like? We found one in my square at the ancient biblical city of Lachish. Here is a short video highlighting a newly-discovered destruction level.

 

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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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