Today was Day 1 from me at the Tel Gezer dig. Gezer was a strategically-located city located in the Shephelah (lowlands) of Judah. It was an OT site, going back over 5,000 years ago (during the Early Bronze) when the site was first inhabited by early “Canaanites.” While the city was mentioned as being taken by Joshua (Joshua 12), the city (Judges 1) must have diverted back into Canaanite hands during the period of the Judges.
I am digging in “Area C” located very near to the Middle Bronze stone tower. I was digging in a trench in the attempt to verify if the wall structure discovered last year continued further down.
Most impressive (and the real focus of this dig) is the Canaanite Water System. I will write about it in an upcoming blog. It extends some 250 feet in length from the opening. It descends quite quickly down on a 40 degree slope. I may be helping the team tomorrow or Thursday clear out the bottom of the tunnel.
Weather was perfect, with highs in the 80s. Temps are to rise though over the next few days.
Stay tuned for updates!
Here are some pictures from my first day.