Still Feeling the Burn: Excavating an Ancient Destruction Layer

My previous post featured an interesting discovery in my dig square at Lachish: a circular feature surrounded by ash, located several feet below the modern ground level. The new video below shows our progress in excavating the circular structure and the stone features nearby.

As noted in the video, the dig square contains some kind of wall near or attached to a Canaanite temple from the Late Bronze Age. (For Bible students, this is the period of the judges.) The wall contains a corner with a line of stones running into an adjacent dig square, plus a possible threshold entrance. Some kind of stone installation is also nearby. Did all of these exist together at the same time? How does the circular structure relate to the stone features, if it does at all? We still do not have these answers, though they will probably come in the next week or two.

We excavated some more and cleaned everything after shooting the new video. Here is a final photo of the square at the end of my group’s last day. What are we seeing here?


My dig square at the end of our last day with the 2016 expedition. The stone and mud brick installations have been clarified and cleaned. How do they relate to each other? This is for the ones after us to discover. (Photo by Luke Chandler)

Beginning next week, new volunteers will arrive and finish our square. We hope they will find the remaining answers to the puzzle we have left behind.

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 with the North Terrace Church of Christ and has participated in multiple archaeological excavations in Israel. Luke leads informative, meaningful tours to Europe and the Bible Lands.
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