Category Archives: 2010 Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation

Two Notable Visits to Khirbet Qeiyafa

It is common for archaeologists and scholars to visit excavation sites during the summer dig season. In the 2009 season Khirbet Qeiyafa’s visits included archaeologists from across Israel, BAR editor Hershel Shanks and a high-level delegation from Harvard University. These … Continue reading

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Short Video: Clearing an Ancient Entrance

I have worked for 1-1/2 weeks clearing city fortifications that date to the time of the biblical King David. The city walls at Khirbet Qeiyafa are casemates and served as living space during peacetime. The doorway in this short video … Continue reading

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Excavating an Ancient City Wall

One morning a number of us were pulled away from our regular excavation areas and sent to clear a section of the ancient city’s outer wall. Here is another view of us at work. Here is how the wall looked … Continue reading

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A sling stone find at Khirbet Qeiyafa

Grady Persell, who is traveling with me, found a sling stone at Khirbet Qeiyafa this past Thursday. This is not the first sling stone found at Khirbet Qeiyafa. Several were found earlier this season and several were also found last … Continue reading

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Fantastic (somewhat secret) new finds at Khirbet Qeiyafa

I have finished my first week with the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation. The first few days were somewhat “routine” for an excavation – lots of pottery sherds of various sizes and periods, smallish animal bones, many buckets of dirt and stones, … Continue reading

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At the 2010 Khirbet Qeiyafa Excavation

I am finishing my third day at the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavation. I worked here for three weeks last year and decided I had to come back (with my wife’s blessing) for some more. Khirbet Qeiyafa is a fantastic site that … Continue reading

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Off to Israel for the 2010 Excavation

I will be leaving soon to travel throughout Israel, followed by the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavations in the Valley of Elah. I should be able to post often over the next few weeks. Watch for photos and descriptions of biblical places, … Continue reading

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Let the digging begin!

The Khirbet Qeiyafa and Tel Burna excavations have begun, and are already yielding interesting things. One of the excavators at Khirbet Qeiyafa (and a friend of mine) posted the following on his FaceBook page: “Archaeology season has begun! Excavating at … Continue reading

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Typical Days on a Dig in Israel

If you ponder joining an excavation in Israel someday, this is a post for you! The blog for the Ashkelon dig has a recent entry titled, A Day in the Life of an Archaeologist. You can compare it with my … Continue reading

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Big Digs are coming!

Aren Maeir reports on the Tell es-Safi/Gath blog that he’ll have an excavation team of more than 100 for the first three weeks of this summer’s season. That is a very large number that should produce many finds, which is … Continue reading

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