2015 Season at Lachish Begins

The new archaeological season has begun at the biblical Lachish, the second city of the Kingdom of Judah. Lachish played roles in geopolitics, conspiracy, assassination, and was a key objective for multiple invaders.

We began our season on Sunday afternoon after lunch. Yossi Garfinkel gave an introduction and site tour to volunteers including my group, students from Oakland University (Detroit Metro area), and others from various countries. At the time of this writing we have finished three days of excavation and have already found some nice things.

Yossi Garfinkel, co-director of the excavations at Tel Lachish, giving an introductory presentation to this year's volunteers. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Yossi Garfinkel, co-director of the excavations at Tel Lachish, giving an introductory presentation to this year’s volunteers. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Why excavate here? Lachish has already seen a lot of archaeological work from three previous expeditions. A key question for our project involves understanding the city’s status and history during the time of the the biblical kings. Little is known about the city between the time of Joshua and the early Israelite/Judahite monarchies, a period of several centuries.

We seek to understand the character of the city and the dates of its construction, destruction, and reconstruction between the time of David (ca. 1000 BC) and the invasion of the Assyrian king Sennacherib (701 BC). The biblical text provides few details on Lachish in that period and previous archaeological work has yielded little information. Our goal is to discover more about the city, and the biblical Kingdom of Judah, in the time of the early kings. I will speak more on these questions in a later post.

Steve Braman enjoying his first day in the field at Tel Lachish. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Steve Braman enjoying his first day in the field at Tel Lachish. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Steve Sebree taking heigh measurements in the field. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Steve Sebree taking heigh measurements in the field. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Reassembling a Bronze Age oil lamp during the first day of pottery washing at Tel Lachish. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Reassembling a Bronze Age oil lamp during the first day of pottery washing at Tel Lachish. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

More details to come later!

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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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