A First Step in Archaeological Excavation (Video)

A short video intro to one aspect of excavation.

“You call this archaeology?” – Henry Jones, Sr.

Here is the result. (I only deserve partial credit. Steve Braman worked on this with me.)

One of the ancient fortification walls at Tel Lachish, after cleaning.

One of the ancient fortification walls at Tel Lachish, after cleaning. The stones to the left (my right) are collapse in what used to be a gate opening. We’ll figure them out in a future season.

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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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2 Responses to A First Step in Archaeological Excavation (Video)

  1. pithom says:

    Is there any mechanical method for weeding? Herbicides?

  2. lukechandler says:

    We typically go Old School on vegetation removal. Besides the health risks to workers from close exposure to chemicals in the dirt, the introduction of herbicides alters the chemical composition of the soil, which could affect radiocarbon tests, etc. The manual work doesn’t take long, and excavation teams are loaded with young, strong workers who can just take care of it.

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