Some of you think that because we haven’t posted anything lately, we were goofing off. This is far from the truth. Last weekend we went on a three-days trip covering the country from Dan to Beersheba; actually (literally) from Beersheba to Dan and back. When we returned we finished exposing the 701 BCE destruction layer and this morning photographed the results. In the first photo, you can see the large expense of rooms the floors of which were covered with pottery and other objects (more on this later). Since we uncovered some of the rooms in previous seasons, this time we worked on areas untouched before. They were very productive.
You can see below an example of the rich assemblages we recovered. These included bowls, jars, cooking pots, and implements. Getting all these materials ready for photography is hard and time consuming, but we did it and all the items were collected systematically and are now in the lab and ready for study and analysis.
It is possible to see here two clay loom weights, a sling stone, upper grinding stone and ceramic vessels. All were hardened or shattered as a result of the fire that consumed the house 2716 years ago.