Day 14 –21 – Sunday, June 26 – Saturday, July 2: Optional Excavation/Dig at Tel Dan
The trip extended for four people in the group: Dr. John, Cathy, Gary, and Nina. We drove north to Kiryat Shmona Sunday. At Netanya we stopped of a quick swim in the Mediterranean Sea before arriving at our Airbnb. The drive was nice as we past many of the sites we visited during there trip (i.e. Mt. Carmel, Nazareth, Arbel Cliffs, Sea of Galilee, Hazor, etc…)
The team is participating in the Monday-Friday excavation in “Area L” of the site. We are working in late 9th / early 8th century BC specifically exposing more and more of a rectangularly-shaped stone house. Each morning begins at 5:15 at the site, and ends at 1 p.m. with lunch at the site.
The directors of the Tel Dan dig are:
DR. DAVID ILAN (Director of Excavations)
Dr. David Ilan is Director of the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at the Jerusalem campus of the Hebrew Union College. Dr. Ilan was the Zemsky Visiting Professor of Judaic Studies at John’s Hopkins University in 2006-7. His publications deal with a wide range of subjects: the Middle Bronze Age of the southern Levant, the archaeology of death, northern Israel in the early Iron Age, community and archaeology and the problem of antiquities plunder and trade.
“The Tel Dan excavations have been going on for a long time. Significant discoveries (e.g. the “Dan Inscription” – July 1993) have revealed the historicity of the Bible. The team in ‘Area L’ is working in the Israelite Period (Iron Age 2A & B). Excavating is an exciting adventure!”
DR. YIFAT THAREANI (Co-director of Excavations)
Dr. Yifat Thareani is a Research Archaeologist at the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology at the Jerusalem campus of the Hebrew Union College and current co-director for the excavations at Achziv. Dr. Thareani has served on the Tel Dan excavation staff as co-director for the 2006, 2008, and 2012 seasons and is responsible for the final publication of the Iron Age II remains at the site.
DR. JONATHAN GREER (Associate Director of Excavations and Staff Zooarchaeologist)
Dr. Jonathan Greer is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and director of the Hesse Memorial Archaeological Laboratory. His publications include technical analyses of animal bone remains as well as works dealing with the integration of biblical texts and archaeological materials, especially those from Tel Dan.
So far we are through Day 2 of the dig. We (as in the four of us from the group) have found some interesting things so far: a mortar stone, a rounded spindle stone for textiles, a nice sharpened flint, and most of a storage jar (more of this needs to be carefully exposed tomorrow).
Included in this post are a few random pictures from Area L where we are digging from the first two days. Another post will be shared if we find something special!
We fly home on late Friday night and arrive back in the States on Saturday, July 2.