Tuesday, July 1 (Day 7 of Dig)
It was a cloudy start to this Tuesday this morning. With the same routine of getting up and bussing to the site, the cloud cover provided some relief for a few hours before the sun (predictably) came through the clouds for the rest of the day. High temp was about 95.
In our area, Area O, we continued to excavate downward in hopes of finding some kind of wall architecture. In the square where I was working (primarily with a pick/axe, “tarea’s” (Israeli shovels), and dirt buckets, we moved another 35 cm down, however still with no stone wall. We did find some very interesting pieces of rim pottery from primarily the Late Bronze period (approx. 1550 – 1200 BC) as well as Iron Age I (1200 – 1000). We even found what appears to be an earring. It will be analyzed to see if there is a presence of zinc in it. If so, it probably is from a later time period. But if it is pure bronze, this could be a very significant find, dating about 2,500 years ago. A nice almost-intact bowl or perhaps an oil lamp.
As usual, we returned to the kibbutz for lunch, a nap, pottery washing and sorting, dinner, and a lecture.
Same schedule tomorrow!
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