Tuesday, July 12th on the dig

The Tell es-Safi/Gath Archaeological Project Official (and Unofficial) Weblog

Quite a day today – both in finds and size of the team. In addition to the “regular” team, we had a large group of IDF soldiers and YU students who joined the team for the day, and we had something like 180 to 200 people working on the tell today. This was particularly important in the gate area, as we we cleaned surface and opened quite a few squares – which will help us clarify the “big picture” of this enormous architectural complex.

Here are two clips of the work in the gate area! It’s like something out of a movie…

And here is the daily summary of the finds:

Area A: The team is working in Iron I in one square – with tons of Iron I pottery – including a complete juglet, as well as a very interesting stone (?) bead. In the other square they are…

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