We discovered some nice things at biblical Lachish over the past two days of excavation. Here are photos of some of them.
I will start with a typical oil lamp from Old Testament times. Scorching is visible around the area of the wick.
We found a beautiful decorative bead made of faience, which is powdered quartz with a special glaze. The bead is powder blue and easily stands out. I am not permitted to post a closer photo at this point, but…
… The bead would go nicely with this necklace in the Israel Museum. This necklace was found at Lachish in the 1930’s and dates to the same time period as the faience bead we just found.
We found a very nice pyxis, an imported vessel from ancient Greece. It is in excellent condition after 3,000+ years under the ground. Finds like this help to reveal the state of politics and trade between ancient peoples. It appears Lachish (and other Canaanite cities) had trade relations with Greece during the period of the biblical Judges.
Lachish has a well-known gate complex from the time of the later Judahite kings but we are looking for older gates in different parts of the city. Does this intact socket stone indicate anything? A large wooden door post used to sit in this hole. Was it part of a city gate or perhaps some large, monumental building? We will know more soon.
We thought we had a sling stone yesterday, but when we took it out we noticed the bottom was flat. Sling stones are perfectly spherical. This little round stone appears to be a weight for measuring quantities on a scale. It has not yet been analyzed but we will eventually discern its unit of weight.
I will conclude this update with a photo of the sunset from Lachish. More news and finds to come later, so please check back!